The Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University community is heartbroken. Last week we watched with dismay and horror the taking of George Floyd’s life by police officers’ cold and callous actions. We grieve for Mr. Floyd’s family, and we pray for them.
Mr. Floyd’s murder, along with other recent examples like the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Corey Jones, and far too many others, highlight the ongoing struggle for people of color within our country, men and women who long to live a life free from prejudice and racism. This should no longer be.
But while race and justice are cultural issues, they are also Biblical issues found at the very heart of God. As Christians, we are called to bear each other’s burdens, to grieve with those who grieve, to suffer with those who suffer. We are taught to hate what is evil and long for what is good. As a people, may God forgive us for what we have done or failed to do. May He find us faithful to be humbly transformed by His Word, and to daily demonstrate authentic compassion for our brothers and sisters who face injustice and struggle with the pain it brings.
We certainly don’t have all of the answers here at PBA but, as a Christian university, we are committed to Christ-centered unity and the expression of our culturally rich diversity on our campus and throughout South Florida. As we listen and seek to better understand the authentic and very real concerns of our growing PBA community, we remain steadfast to do all that we can to provide a safe and positive campus environment for all, and be instruments of change not just locally, but across our land.
In the weeks to come, we will outline these steps. But for now, we will pray. As the Holy Scriptures remind us, —“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). And so, we pray for justice. We pray for peace. We pray for healing. We pray for an awakening.
-- Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, President, Palm Beach Atlantic University.
NOTE: Click here to read a statement from PBA Director of Athletics Courtney Lovely.