We have a problem with racism and violence in our society and culture.
There...I've said it. And it's time for the church to stand up
and say there is a different way to live.
There must be...if we are going to live.
The murder of nine men and women at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, should be a wake-up call for all followers of Jesus. There have been other wake-up call opportunities: Sandy Hook Elementary School, "Batman" killings in Aurora, and Virginia Tech. But the sheer hatred and racism of the Emanuel AME Church shooting was horrifying. Among the nine were four ministers of the church, including the senior pastor. All were there in a spirit of brotherhood and peace, seeking the presence of God. I now understand that two churches in the area where people gathered the next day to pray had to be vacated due to bomb threats. Enough craziness! Enough hatred! Enough violence! Now is the time for the ways of Jesus.
Yesterday I posted on our church Facebook page an email I sent to the Emanuel AME Church pledging to stand in solidarity with this community of peace and justice now thrust into pain and sorrow. This is a pledge I will keep. I am urging my church community to join me this Sunday to pray for the families--and the extended Emanuel AME Church family--of those harmed by Wednesday's tragic shooting. I am praying for an outpouring of peace and healing for those in mourning. We Christians have