A Christian Response
All well-meaning people deplore the violence and the thieving and stealing that has sadly covered our streets in the past few days. As Christians, our response is never to stand by and watch and complain, but to awaken ourselves to the appropriate Godly action. This can be done in a number of ways.
1. All Christians should realise it starts with you on a personal level. We must care for our communities by caring for the individual in the first instance, looking out to see who needs help and how we can serve them. We must remember that many would have lost their homes and businesses at this time.
2. Secondly, we must make ourselves available to clean up our streets and our town centres. This, however, will require wisdom and a coordinated response. My advice for all those who want to help is to liaise with your local police, council and pastors. This is important, less well-meaning intentions become unhelpful.
3. Thirdly, we must remember that even when the violence calms down, the trauma continues for many people. Our response must not mainly be in the middle of the event, but beyond the event to have an active role, ongoingly caring for our communities.
4. Finally, to all Christians I say this, we pray through the night and we clean up in the morning.
Pastor Tope Koleoso
Jubilee Church London
Click on this link to download Tope Koleoso's interview for Premier Radio
You can also read Tope’s earlier statement from Monday.