ICOC Racism Dialogue Response
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” Romans 15:1-3
With these powerful words, Paul begins his Romans address to the unity of Jews and Gentiles in the body of Christ. As the admins of the ICOC Facebook page, we take our responsibilities very seriously and need your prayers for constant wisdom. For some time now we have been inspired at how the light of Jesus shines through disciples in their posts and interactions on this page as we rejoice in baptisms around the world, see inspiring conversion stories, worship and hear great news from our fellowship. Difficult discussions are held in respect and love. Most of the time disciples disciple each other when the behavior is not Christ-like. We have only needed to intervene on rare occasions when some continually violate the Guidelines. We are grateful that this platform allows over 29,000 disciples from around our fellowship in 150 countries to connect.
Currently, we are heartbroken and deeply disturbed by the recurring racial tragedies in the US. We are grateful this page has been a community where disciples felt safe to grieve and seek comfort from their brothers and sisters around the globe. We are also disturbed by a relatively small group of people who have made insensitive and ungodly posts and comments on our page in response to these tragedies. Our brothers and sisters of color, especially the African American community, are rightfully grieving the sinful injustice we continue to see. Our hearts are heavy:
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Romans 12:15 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
For some guidance on posting to the Facebook page, please review and reflect.
for being a member of the ICOC Facebook page that every member agrees to when joining the page. The recent posts are testing our guidelines. Here is our approach to applying these guidelines.
- Encourage compassion for grieving people. That means being patient and listening to those who are hurting.
- Offer personal comfort and God’s comfort.
- Point us all back to Jesus who suffered and died unjustly for us.
Report posts and comments to Admins. When you feel a post or comment is not following the guidelines, please do this:
- Ask yourself what the person is trying to say even if it is not said well. They may just need to know they are being heard and are cared for.
- Do not report posts that just disagree with your point of view. Read Romans 14 and apply: do not look down on or judge others with different opinions. If love covers a multitude of sins, surely it can cover a multitude of opinions.
- If something is blatantly violating the rules, please report it to the Admins by clicking on the three dots on the right of the post. If you are constantly troubled by someone’s posts you can choose to Hide them.
- Bear with the Admins when we are not able to immediately respond to reported content. We strive to respond in a timely manner, but due to time differences, we are not always able to respond right away.
- Please consider that though the vast majority of people on this page are faithful disciples, we cannot assure the spiritual condition of every member.
- Please take personal discussion to private messages (PM). When disagreeing please follow Matthew 18 principles.
Principles to follow: We have no interest in politics on this page. But we are deeply committed to the principles of Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
- Grace and truth -- John 1:14
- Listen first -- James 1:19-20
- Helpful not hurtful -- Ephesians 4:29
- Respect -- Romans 14:10
- Maturity does not argue -- Titus 3:9
- Focus on “righteousness not being right.” Click here
- Remember that this page has over 29,000 members from our churches in 150 countries. Please be respectful and considerate of those who are not from your country.
For some resources to help us address racial and unity issues, please review these:
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