Love Like Charleston
It is perhaps the most vivid example of Christianity I have witnessed in years. Witnessing the mourning families of the Charleston shooting forgive their antagonist openly, publicly and without reserve. Satan may have used Dylann Roof for horrific acts of violence and hate but God received the glory as His gift of Jesus Christ permeated in the hearts of the victims, their families and community members of Charleston, SC proving that LOVE ALWAYS WINS. Without a doubt there is loss, heartache and absence however God's purpose for His creation could not have been more aptly displayed then in the martyrdom of the nine who will forever represent a beckon of God's light and love as they prayed with and for their killer. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
In an article in USA Today, writer John S. Dickerson states, "They said they forgave him — the very soul who, days earlier police said, held the weight of the gun, pulled the trigger and, having seen the mess of blood spurting from one writhing victim, continued to another. And another. And another. Until nine lay dead on the seats and the floor of a Christian house of worship...And did you see? One after another, the relatives of the slain, begging Roof to turn to God. One after another, they prayed for his soul. One after another, they forgave him.
It was neither expected nor explicable, that forgiveness. Such forgiveness is unseen in the animal world, is illogical in the rational world, is nonsensical to common human nature. Such forgiveness is humanity at its most human, or perhaps its most divine."
Let us all look to Charleston as an example of what Christianity truly is-LOVE!
For the full article by Dickerson click link below.