Saturday, June 20, 2015

Charleston testifies

The testimony out of Charleston is nothing less than a miracle. The media’s race narratives are being drowned out by the lifting up of hands to God. Evil is being overcome with good (Romans 12:21).

When mass murderer-to-be Dylann Roof walked into a black church in Charleston, he found people whose lives were images of the Gospel. From the Associated Press:

Dylann Roof, 21, arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has reportedly confessed to the crime.

Sources told NBC News that during his confession, he said he “almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him,” but in the end decided he had to “go through with his mission.”

Yesterday it was reported that Roof entered the church on Wednesday night and sat with a prayer group for nearly an hour before launching a racist tirade, producing his weapon, and opening fire, killing pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney along with eight others. Law enforcement officials told the Washington Post Roof “sat silently” during the prayer meeting, whose topic for the evening was the Gsopel according to Mark, while “declining to join the discussion.”

As an unchurched, single man who joined a congregation of about a thousand people, I know how intimidating joining a large club can be. Everyone knows each other, and you’re worried there’s no place for them to accept you like a brother. My church is attentive to young visitors like me circa 2012 and encourages them to get involved. The more active you are, the quicker you make friends and get integrated.

It sounds like this church was no different, only evil had set upon Roof’s heart. He was impressed with the individuals he had intentions for, but the ends of his Nietzschean “mission” dehumanized them sufficiently to justify their slaying in his twisted thinking.

Can you imagine if Roof changed his mind that night, if he didn’t kill those church folk. If he went home, stashed away the gun, and came back on Sunday to hear more. If by hearing he also believed, and he accepted Jesus into his life. It sounds unbelievable, but how unbelievable is it really, when you look at the healing power of forgiveness already at work in Charleston?

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