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    Salvation Army Responds to Tragic Death of George Floyd

    Territorial commander calls for justice, repentance and dialogue. June 1, 2020
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    From the Office of Commissioner Floyd J. Tidd, Territorial Commander

    Our hearts have been deeply disturbed by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Many have seen the image of Mr. Floyd  pinned to the pavement by a police officer as he struggled to breathe and was eventually asphyxiated. It’s a horrific act. One that demands justice. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

    The Salvation Army believes that everyone is created in the image of God and that we are all of infinite value and worth. We abhor discrimination and believe that God loves us all equally, regardless of the colour of our skin, our country of origin, our language or our creed. Our core value of dignity means that we strive to treat everyone with respect and see them through the eyes of Jesus.

    Sadly, we often fail. We must face our own disgraceful legacy of racism and prejudice, here in Canada and in Bermuda. We are not immune. The unjust treatment of Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, people of colour, and all who are marginalized is a shameful part of our past and our present. There is a need for repentance. We can do better. We must do better, by God’s grace.

    Since its inception, The Salvation Army has been called to stand alongside and uplift our brothers and sisters who are oppressed. To engage in dialogue, to listen, to forge a path together to healing, hope and transformation. As Christ-followers, we must also stand against systemic forces that subjugate, dehumanize and degrade others. These are deep-rooted problems that require sustained effort and a collective response.

    We recognize that the years of suffering have culminated in expressions of anger and frustration we see around us in these days. We understand the need for protest, to collectively raise our voices, but we implore people to seek nonviolent solutions. Let us be peacemakers. Let us reach out to each other with compassion. Let us put our trust in a God who created us and who loves us.

    May the ultimate legacy of George Floyd be one of positive change and the eradication of racism and hate.

    God bless you.

    Commissioner Floyd J. Tidd
    Territorial Commander
    Canada and Bermuda Territory

    Comment

    On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Nailah said:

    Thank you for this message. I am not sure if it has been shared across the ministry- I’ll have to double check my email- however it is truly encouraging to hear this message from our organization during this time. Please share widely.

     

    On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Al King said:

    I am so pleased that this message has been aired. The message is not only appropriate, it is also very much needed for the USA, Canada and in fact the whole world. Racism has been left in the shadows too long and I think it's right for the church to take a stand. My mind keeps going back to a motto a few years ago "What would Jesus do?" I don't believe He would remain silent. Blessings on you Commissioner and God bless The Salvation Army.

     

    On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Joliker Leandre said:

    Profound message of love, compassion and forgiveness straight from the throne of God

     

    On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Natalia DeBoer said:

    AMEN!

     

    On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Jacqueline Hansen said:

    Thank you for this comment. I would love to hear you comment on President Trump standing in front of a church holding up a bible without any comment but in what appears to simply a photo op after ordering the tear gassing of protestors. Is this not blasphemy?

     

    On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Corinne Rickman said:

    Thank you God Bless the Salvation Army in all the good deeds and all the love and compassion, please continue to pray for change .Amen ❤️🙏

     

    On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Morris Vincent said:

    Thank you Commissioner! May we be recognized as leaders in mobilizing change, as we consider how we will address the concerns of racism and unfair treatment of our fellow man and woman. We must be SALT and LIGHT in our world!

     

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