A Call to Courageous Love

There comes a point when political allegiance leads to a denial of Jesus. And any Christian can be susceptible to it. Those who defend hatred and deny the truth now are denying Jesus, because they are making it clear that the Lord of their lives in this season is someone other than the Prince of Peace.

Undoubtedly, Wednesday January 6th, 2021 is going down in history and we must respond. It is unconscionable that citizens should be able to storm the US Capitol, violate curfew, and personally threaten elected US leaders without appropriate consequence. The time is now for more of us, including and especially clergy, to courageously stand in our authority to publicly and wholly condemn the evil actions perpetrated at the Capitol.

We are grieved by the fact that the Church and humanity alike have been operating in the extremes of passivity and aggression. To be clear, NO ONE can escape an examination of their role in what happened yesterday. Scripture says the human heart is desperately wicked, a truth equally applicable both to those who through their activism or their silence allow this darkness to invade us. We are all complicit in some way–either by supporting the behaviors, tolerating these behaviors, or failing to have the courage to speak truth with grace. Our nation isn’t merely divided, it’s RIVEN, ripped apart along the fissure made by the sin of racism. How can any American justify the installation of nooses, and the parading of the confederate flag as anything other than the sin of racism and white supremacy? 

WE MUST step away from our political chaos and whatever “side” we have chosen for ourselves, and be citizens of a different Kingdom right now to an angry, hurt, scared, and dangerous world. We need to be on our knees before God right now.

Jesus, our King, calls us to this kind of courageous love. A love that will not afford us the opportunity to passively say “God help us all” without embracing the call to participate with God in being the answer to that prayer. And courage to act when there is safety in silence.

This moment will be costly, but it is a cost that comes with being a Christian. What is required of us is the courage to clearly and unequivocally call out the sinfulness that is behind yesterday’s attack on the US capitol.

So to that end, we are asking all pastors and spiritual leaders within our faith tradition of Evangelicalism, to sign this document, clearly and unequivocally condemning the actions perpetrated yesterday in our Nation’s Capital.

May we all seek the Lord for guidance on how to work together for justice and reconciliation in our lifetime – first within our own ranks in the Church, but also on behalf of every American. Just like Christ set a new precedent, we are setting a new precedent of courageous love.

Let’s Stand UNDIVIDED,

Chuck Mingo –  Founder and CEO, UNDIVIDED and Pastor, Crossroads Church

Troy Jackson – Faith in Action, Co-Founder, UNDIVIDED

Sign Your Name!

January 21, 2021

Ken Barnes

Attorney

Temple Beth Jacob

January 21, 2021

Brian Tolle

Pastor

Crossroads Florence

January 21, 2021

Molly Hare

First Impressions

Crossroads

January 21, 2021

Esther George

Videographer/Editor

Crossroads Church

January 20, 2021

Megan Hartman

Staff accountant II American Modern & CFO of To the Ends of the Earth

Crossroads

January 20, 2021

Blake Roberts

Attendee

Crossroads Church

January 20, 2021

Joel Gautraud

Senior Motion Graphics Artist

Crossroads Church

January 20, 2021

Tyler Roberts

Senior Videographer

Crossroads

January 20, 2021

David Chimusoro

Creative Directorish

Undivided

January 19, 2021

Kit Carle

Scholars Operations Manager

Crossroads

January 19, 2021

Lucius Payne

Core Team

Undivided Justice Team

January 19, 2021

NANCY KOZAK

Ms

Crossroads (Eastside)

January 19, 2021

Cathi Bentz

Group Leader

Crossroads

January 19, 2021

Connie Schott

Four/seven

Crossroads. Oakley

January 19, 2021

Connie Schott

4/7

Crossroads. Oakley

January 18, 2021

Becky Lee

Mobilization Director

Kensington Church

January 18, 2021

Geri Geasland

Site Pastor

Four Seven Prison Ministry

January 17, 2021

Heather Windmiller

attendee/volunteer/leader

Crossroads Oakley

January 16, 2021

Joyce Miyasato

Justice Ministry Leader

HPCUMC

January 16, 2021

Donna Dressman

Connect Team Leader-Oakley

Crossroads

January 16, 2021

Carolyn Foulks

Attendee

Crossroads Church

January 16, 2021

Mike Weppler

Team Member

Undivided

January 15, 2021

Dana Cochran

Pastor

The Church of Cincinnati

January 15, 2021

Kingsley Wientge

Leader

Center 4 Racial Unity

January 15, 2021

Joe Long

Pastor

Vineyard Covington

January 15, 2021

Lee Owens

Mrs.

Crossroads Eastside

January 15, 2021

Megan LaCross

Mom and Advocate

New Life East

January 15, 2021

Alicia Brown

Director Classical Conversations Homeschool /homeschool mom

Crossroads

January 15, 2021

Abbey Abbott

Spiritual Growth Director

Crossroads Mason

January 15, 2021

Andrew Hartman

Director of Twos and Preschool

Crossroads Church

January 15, 2021

Marilyn Coney

Reverend

Faith United Methodist Church

January 15, 2021

Marta Wherry Mathatas

Rev.

East Ohio Conference

January 14, 2021

Dana Cooper

team member

UNDIVIDED

January 14, 2021

Terri Burton

Member

Crossroads Oakley

January 11, 2021

Judy Neff

Member/ Undivided participant

Crossroads Oakley

January 11, 2021

Jasmine Smedley

Founder

Reese’s Heart

January 11, 2021

Kimberley Woodruff

Rev.

Missouri Faith Voices

January 11, 2021

Bethany Bauer

Eastside KC PreschoolVoluntee Leader

Crossroads Church

January 11, 2021

Katrina Bogie

Leader/ Coach / Consultant

Crossword -Oakly

January 11, 2021

Katrina Bogie

Leader/ Coach / Consultant

US Bank

January 10, 2021

Tom Puckett

Man Camp TC

Crossroads

January 10, 2021

Catherine Carver

Mrs.

MRC Groton CT

January 10, 2021

Joy Ruehl

East Side

Crossroads

January 10, 2021

Leslie Yeary

Small Group Leader

Crossroads Mason

January 9, 2021

Amy Winstel

Healthcare professional-Entrpreneur

Flaunt Strategy- CCHMC

January 9, 2021

Sharon Cogan

Kids Club Prep Team Leader

Crossroads East Side

January 9, 2021

Jesse Judd

Man Camp TC

Crossroads Eastgate

January 9, 2021

Bishop James Clark

Bishop

Christ Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

January 9, 2021

Debra Gold

Small Group Leader

Crossroads

January 9, 2021

Frances Chester

Rev.

Falkner Swamp United Church of Christ

January 9, 2021

Lynn Jankowski

Ministry Director, Oakley Campus

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

James Osler

Mr.

Crossroads Mason

January 8, 2021

Tiffany Hanson

Ms.

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Leigh Lloyd

Pastor

Ozona UMC

January 8, 2021

Michael Ploucha

follower of Christ

Crossroads Church/Undivided

January 8, 2021

Valerie Ohle

Rev.

Union Grove UMC - Friendsville

January 8, 2021

J.D. Klippenstein

State Director

Faith in Action Nevada

January 8, 2021

Daniel Chimusoro

Jr Worship Leader

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Jonathan Rue

Lead Pastor

Desert Vineyard Church

January 8, 2021

Nancy Manner

Rev.

United Methodist Church

January 8, 2021

Paul Heagen

President

Defining Moments Consulting

January 8, 2021

Kelvin Boatner

HR Director

Arsco Custom Metals

January 8, 2021

Katherine Paige Klein

Member/Supporter/Facilitator

Crossroads Church Oakley

January 8, 2021

Alice Weeks

Community/Healing Group Leader

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Marrton Dormish

Minister of Community Engagement

The Refuge

January 8, 2021

Barbara Wood Salyers

Associate Pastor

First UM C, Newark, Ohio

January 8, 2021

Jessica Sattler

Member / Supporter

Crossroads /Undivided

January 8, 2021

Bruce McKay

Rev. Dr.

UCC Pastor/Retired

January 8, 2021

Kelsey Bence

Mrs.

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Tina Bracken

Director

ACFO / CFO North America

January 8, 2021

Kenna Midddtod

Believer

Crossroads-Richmond

January 8, 2021

Baylee Waterman

Onboarding & Operations Leader

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

VICTORIA JONES

Ms

Crossroads-Oakley

January 8, 2021

Lisa Sharon Harper

President and Founder

Freedom Road, LLC

January 8, 2021

Heather Barrett

Daughter of the King

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Kelly Schwartz

Minister

Universal Life Church

January 8, 2021

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Professor

LA Voice

January 8, 2021

Carly Meyer

Kids’ Club Team Leader

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Rebecca Pridgett

Designer/Stager

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Stephanie Morton

Educator

CPS Administrator/Cincinnati Alumnae🔺

January 8, 2021

Rebecca Pridgett

Mrs

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Jessica Meade

Member, kids club volunteer

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Natalie Lundstrom

team member

UNDIVIDED

January 8, 2021

Nancy Ball

Member and Daughter of the King

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Danielle Smith

Social Change Leader

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

madeline knopf

student volunteer

Crossroads, Florence,Ky.

January 8, 2021

Avery Linn-Authenreith

Senior Pastor

McComb United Methodist Church

January 8, 2021

Marti Jackson

Founder & President

Out of Control Women, Inc.

January 8, 2021

Marti Jackson

Women’s minister

Out of Control Women, Inc.

January 8, 2021

Jordan Smucker

Lead Pastor

Ethos Church

January 8, 2021

Kari Simpson

Wife, mom, RN

Crossroads Anywhere

January 8, 2021

Michael Schmidt

Kingdom resident

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Steph Whitacre

Volunteer (Middle School Small Group Leader)

North Point Community Church

January 8, 2021

Reginae Johnson

KC Inclusion Team Volunteer

Crossroads Church Oakley

January 8, 2021

Ann Wilson

Mom

Crossroads Mason

January 8, 2021

Lori Zimmerman

Small Group Leader

Crossroads Church Oakley

January 8, 2021

Patricia DiMartile

Member

7 Hills

January 8, 2021

Liza San Andres

Executive Assistant

Faith in Action

January 8, 2021

Tricia Reynolds

CEO/Founder

DucksvIn A Row

January 8, 2021

John Price

Pastor

Community Christian Church

January 8, 2021

Taisha Rojas-Parker

Undivided Small Group leader

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Courtney Reichley

Commissioned Pastor

Crossroads Richmond

January 8, 2021

Brian Spears

Pastor

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Anna Goroncy

Physician, Assistant Professor, Fellowship Program Director; Kids’ Club Pre-K Service Lead

Crossroads, Undivided

January 8, 2021

Debbie Porter Debbie

Porter

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Scott Everett

Worship Team Volunteer

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Arnika Bess

Member-Kids Club Volunteer

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Mark Clift

Member

Crossroad Oakley

January 8, 2021

Melissa Honebrink

Beloved Daughter

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Yuseff Howard

Senior Pastor

New Birth Christian Fellowship

January 8, 2021

Karin Maney

Executive Director

Community Building Institute Middletown

January 8, 2021

Emily Rempe

Student Engagement Coordinator

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

January 8, 2021

Larissa H

Mrs

Our Lady of the Rosary

January 8, 2021

Angela Douglas

President & CEO

Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)

January 8, 2021

Alisha Stevenson

Member

Crossroads Oakley

January 8, 2021

Cameron Smedley

Mr.

Undivided

January 8, 2021

Sondra Saylor

Volunteer

Crossroads Westside

January 8, 2021

Mary Erickson

Service and volunteer

Vineyard Boise

January 8, 2021

Mary Erickson

Volunteer..with hope to expand service..

Vineyard Boise

January 8, 2021

Angela Chang

Public defender/ church member

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Joe Domiano

Operations Director

The FourSeven Prison Ministry / Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Rev. Rebecca Woods

Chaplain

Carthage Christian Church

January 8, 2021

Tom Bretz

Mr.

Crossroads Mason

January 8, 2021

Melissa Ferguson

Sr. Director Packaging Johnson & Johnson

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Christina Ellsberry

Group Leader/Teacher

Crossroads church

January 8, 2021

Beth Johnson

Urban Conservator

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Wes Blackburn

Lead Pastor

Crossbridge Christian Church, Tallahassee, FL

January 8, 2021

Michael AJ Randolph

SENIOR LECTURER

Eastern Kentucky University

January 8, 2021

Lisa Abbott

Mrs

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Carolyn Heck

Undivided Justice Team Leader

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Karen Osler

Rn

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Jessica Mount

UJT Core Team Leader/ Four-Seven Volunteer

Crossroads Church / UJT / Four-Seven Ministry

January 8, 2021

Donna Reinert

The 4/7 Prison Ministry

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Clark Stanley

Student Pastor

First Church - Burlington

January 8, 2021

Aaron Stapleton

CEO

Queen City Homecare

January 8, 2021

Samantha Cavendish

Baptism Lead

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Michelle Park

Mrs.

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

Bill Bresser

CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

January 8, 2021

Brittany Miller

Community Care Team Member

Crossroads Church

January 8, 2021

Jenny Williams

HRBP

GE

January 8, 2021

Rebecca Valentine

Mental Health Counselor

Private Practice

January 8, 2021

Gina Sanders

Director at Eve Center Cincinnati

Eve Center Cincinnati/Crossroads Mason

January 8, 2021

Jim Gifreda

Area Leader

International Friendships, Inc. Cincinnati

January 8, 2021

Shelley Delaney

Church Volunteer

Crossroads

January 8, 2021

DANISE DISTASI

Founder/CEO

Unleash Love

January 8, 2021

Samuel Fuller

Reverend

Capuchin Franciscan

January 7, 2021

Dave Ferguson

Lead Pastor / Visionary Leader

Community Christian Church / NewThing

January 7, 2021

Jayson Teagle

CEO

Collideoscope