Unified statement of faith regarding racial discrimination
On October 27, 2020 the Session considered and adopted the following statement along with several churches that have adopted similar statements in our community.
We, the members of United Presbyterian Church of Cleburne, Texas, are united in our understanding that racism, prejudice, and racial discrimination in all forms are sinful and are in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus. Such things as these should not be overlooked or tolerated within our church or places of ministry.
We stand together in this public declaration that racism, prejudice, and racial discrimination, whether explicit or implicit, are incompatible with the command of our Lord Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
We, the members of United Presbyterian Church of Cleburne, Texas, accept our sacred responsibility before God to address racism, prejudice, and racial discrimination within our congregation and hereby resolve personally to model Christ-like love toward all people, confront racism and racial discrimination wherever we observe it, and bring God's Word to bear upon such sinfulness through our teaching and personal witness.
We affirm each member of our community regardless of race or ethnicity and welcome each to our community as neighbors. We pledge to do our part in making sure Cleburne is a city of inclusion and hospitality to all.
Driven by our faith in the Lord Jesus, we implore every member of the Christian community to join us in our determination to stand against the sins of racism, prejudice, and racial discrimination and to embrace the challenge of the Prophet Micah, “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).