“Listen Learn and Love” Statement.

As a response to the General Assemblies “Responding to the Sin of Racism and a call to Action” found here . Paxton Presbyterian Church adopted this statement, voted on by our Elders. There is a desire not only to make this statement and also continue with action in the future out of love for the black community.

“1 John 4:7–8

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Our communities continue to be divided through hate. Daily, we see the devastation that this causes our neighbors and families who belong in God’s love, especially for the black community. As Christians, we are commanded to love. This command, born from Jesus, provides no qualifications, restrictions, or constraints. The command is simple: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor.” This command comes second, only to the highest command which is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”For a community in pain, we see your pain and we hear your anguish. We regret how you have been treated. We love and value you and hope we can share God’s love and peace with each other. Paxton Presbyterian is committed to you. Our hearts and our love are open to all God’s children and we welcome you into our church.

1 John 4:17-21

In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

We will listen. We will learn. We will love.”