Ahhh! And then there was Charleston…
I have not nor will I ever mind the behavior of those true-blooded Christians in South Carolina, as long as it is according to His will. When just prior to surrendering and confessing that he was in fact, the murderer of nine random — some parishioners who were in the throngs of prayer and worship, then again others who were there taking part in a Bible study, a very tragic, yet uncommon, situation arose before the babbling and blundering talking — short white and bowl cut hair loud person, Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white man with an unsettled personal life and a recent history of anti-black views opened fire among these folks.
The killings, with victims ranging in age from 26 to 87, left people stunned and grieving. Witnesses said Mr. Roof sat with church members for an hour and then started venting against African-Americans and opened fire on the group. It is indeed worthy of note to mention that Dylann Roof was venting not only against African-Americans, but somehow was at odds with Christianity, the word of God insofar as from our source documents Dylann Roof just started “going off” as some scripture was read — then it seems he was able to juxtapose the word of God onto African-Americans who appeared to be the target of this heinous act.
At Morris Brown A.M.E. Church here, blacks, whites, Christians and Jews gathered to proclaim that a racist gunman would not divide a community already tested by the fatal police shooting in April of an unarmed African-American, Walter Scott. “We cannot make sense of what has happened, but we can come together,” declared the Rev. George Felder Jr., pastor of New Hope A.M.E. Church.
Gov. Nikki R. Haley fought back tears, her voice trembling and cracking, at a news conference here. “We woke up today, and the heart and soul of South Carolina was broken,” she said. “Parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe, and that is not something we ever thought we’d deal with.”
It is amazing to me and those who surround me that are held to a differing set of moral standards — in particular such as Reverend George Felder Jr., pastor of New Hope A.M.E. Church — who quite easily stated, “We cannot make sense of what has happened, but we can come together.” For everyone who gets a read of this article that is clearly a person, clearly a large community who — “Walks the walk while they Talk the talk;” seriously when one thinks about the unadulterated carnage that left several people dead, the first reaction is we can’t make sense of it, but we can come together.
This is why I pray and offer up anything that I could possibly imagine to assist the parishioners of this unique church. This is precisely what God, through his word has taught us — there are innumerable tragedies that occur around us daily and we may not ever understand the “whys” however it is the faith in God through His Spirit that commands us to come together.