Hillsong UK leader apologises for not commenting on George Floyd death

 Tola Mbakwe

Lance Goodall


The lead pastor of Hillsong Church London Gary Clarke who has come under a cloud of controversy has said he’s sorry for not using last Sunday’s church service to address the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

During Hillsong UK’s 11am online service on 31st May, which has since been removed from YouTube, Pastor Gary Clarke said: “It’s a race issue, yes. For me, I don’t live in the United States.

For me to be railing as a pastor about something that’s going on in another country, I’m not really sure that’s going to help anyone.”

 

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The service, did however, address racism in general.In an Instagram post on Wednesday the pastor said he was “deeply sorry for the offence caused from the message” he shared on Sunday admitting he was “wrong” and it hurts him “profoundly” that he caused offence to many people including members of Hillsong.

 

He added: “I care deeply about all people and abhor any form of racism or oppression, and my language ignored that fact just like in America, racism in many forms exists widely here in the UK.”The pastor said he believes that black lives matter and will seek to part of the solution to racism.Pastor Clarke apologised again in a YouTube live stream on Wednesday evening and hosted a conversation with black men from his church who shared their experiences with racism.”To all the black people in our church… you were expecting something of me and I didn’t bring what you were hoping I was going to bring. I really apologise to you for that,” he said.His initial refusal to comment on the incident was criticised by Hillsong’s global leader Brian Houston.

He said: “I was disappointed to learn today that comments were made by one of our pastors in last weekend’s UK online service which I’m sure he deeply regrets, have caused hurt and offence, and for that I am deeply sorry.

“Hillsong is opposed to racism, and we believe black lives matter,”

In the same vain, Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz addressed the topic head on last Sunday when he had a conversation with Bishop TD Jakes during online services.

 

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.

Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.

We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

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It should also be noted that billionaire investor George Soros has donated millions of dollars to Black Lives Matter through his Open Society Foundation, according to the Washington Times.

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said that George Soros has “hijacked” the Black Lives Matter organization in order to promote anti-capitalism.

“This has George Soros funding written all over it, his movement the anti-capitalism movement, the anti-socialist movement has hijacked Black Lives Matter and they use them as a mask. They figured that coming out of the 60’s when they failed with this movement, they felt that they were too white and they needed to add color,” he said.

Note the hashtag on Brian’s Instagram #BlackLivesMatter
So is this the organisation that Brian Houston is aligning with? It would appear so?