I spent the morning meeting with pastors and other community leaders about the events that took place in Charlotte and how we need to respond as pastors. The vast majority of the pastors in attendance were black and they have been working together with other white pastors for years on racial issues. It’s a local organization called the GC3 and it was an honor to have been invited to the meeting. We had a great conversation and I have every intention of working together with them for the betterment of our community and the proclamation of the Gospel.

At the conclusion of our time together I was asked to be a part of a meeting with the Gaston Gazette. The following is my official statement to the Gazette.

“We do not yet know the details involved in the death of Keith Scott and therefore this statement has nothing to do with that incident.

It is unfortunate that this statement is coming after two more controversial deaths associated with the police because it should have been coming from us all along.

The shootings of unarmed black men is exposing a problem in our culture that must change. We as pastors must address racism, stereotyping, and the culture of complacency that only seems to address this when a man is killed or property is destroyed.”

I have been and continue to be committed to be a part of the solution. The solution is not the destruction of our city but the reconstruction of the heart of mankind through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The method of the solution is for believers to obey both the Great Commission and Christ’s command to love by intentionally pushing ourselves out of our relational silos to develop genuine real friendship with people from every tribe and tongue.

Please be in prayer for our police as they attempt to bring order in Charlotte. Pray for the justice system as they strive to discover and reveal the truth. Pray for the family of Keith Scott. Pray for the officer who pulled the trigger. Pray for the police departments across the country as they seek ways to improve on how they serve and protect. Pray for the end of the violent crime in our communities that necessitates the need for so many police officers. Pray for the salvation of our nation. Pray for the church to be who we are – light into darkness!

Austin Rammell – Lead Pastor, Venture

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

-Hebrews 10:24-25