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Last week a tragic, senseless, murderous crime was committed in a Charleston, SC church. Believers were gathered for Bible study and prayer when nine were gunned down and killed. How do we even begin to process such a crime? As Christians our first response, after perhaps a few, “Why Lord, why?” should be to bow our heads and allow deep sorrow to call to deep grace.
Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me. Psalm 42.7
Yesterday, more than 10,000 people walked across the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston to show their solidarity and support for the Mother Emanuel Church – the photos and story are stunning. You can read about it here.
My friend lives in Charleston and posted the following on her Facebook feed:
Peace, joy, love. That’s what I felt downtown Charleston this evening in front of Emmanuel AME Church. God blessed me by allowing me to pray with 3 beautiful women who lost a grandma & two mothers. Thank u, Ladies & thank u, Father. God bless them all abundantly!!
I believe with all my heart the nine people slain last week will be counted as martyrs for their faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, as they should be.
Sin, ALL sin, grieves the heart of God. It is the root and fruit of evil. And, it has been part of humanity since the Garden. There is not one sin “worse” than another. It is encouraging to see photos of ten thousand people walking hand-in-hand in honor of the nine fallen. But, it causes me to ask this question…
What did we do yesterday for the three thousand plus babies who were aborted in America? (Statistics here.) Or, the 125,000 aborted worldwide, in just ONE DAY alone?
What did we do yesterday for the three thousand plus women and children who were sold, kidnapped, and forced into slavery? (Statistics here.)
What did we do yesterday for the hundreds of victims of religious persecution? (Read here.)
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I am not writing this to condemn or judge, but I am writing to convict and convince us to RISE UP – we all have individual passions, God wires us like that. It seems today there is an onslaught of injustices to get our attention. I want to encourage all of us to seek God and ask Him how He wants us to respond to these issues. His answer will look different for each one of us but I am convinced there will be common elements and they will be…
I know beyond a shadow of doubt God would have us get involved. If you write? Then write. If you march? Then march. If you pray? Then pray. If you peacefully protest? Then protest. If you write letters to the editor? Then send. If you give and donate? Then give and donate. If you go? Then go.
There is something for every someone – let us RISE UP and SHOW UP and be instruments of God’s love, grace, and mercy.