June 22, 2015

Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina

President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the Japanese attack on PearlHarbor on December 7, 1941, as “A day that will live in infamy.” It is an appropriate  description of Dylann Roof’s murder of nine innocent people on June 17, 2015 at Charleston, South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church.

And once again, we ask ourselves, “If God is so good, if God wants the best for us, if God’s loving hand is at work in the world, how could this happen?”

Clearly, it happened because children of God have free will and personal liberty. We are not puppets, and our individual freedom of choice allows us to pursue good in our lives and the lives of others or align ourselves with evil.

How shall we respond to the demonic act of one deranged individual? The members of the Charleston church provide an answer for those of us who are grieving. At the hearing for Roof, they offered words of forgiveness, and the following Sunday the worship service began with prayer and songs and a message of love, recovery and healing.

Love, recovery and healing . . . what a magnificent tribute, what a remarkable eulogy for those who lost their lives to ruthless evil!

In response to the Charleston tragedy, Christians will logically turn to scripture for solace . . . scripture such as Psalm 34, verse 18 which reads, “The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Millions of people have found comfort in a simple country song by Brooks and Dunn which speaks to the power of faith. Here is a link to a video of the song titled, Believe. Skip the ad.    Believe video by Brooks and Dunn