One year ago today, nine African-American church members were shot and killed by a vile, young, white man in a horrific attack in Charleston, South Carolina.
A year later, the grief still feels raw.
Nine churchgoers, all African-American, were shot by a young, white man who entered their Charleston, South Carolina, church, joined their Bible study for an hour and then opened fire. The shooter blamed his victims because of their skin color.
After the tragedy, the church could have closed its doors or cut back on public events. Instead, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in the South, flung its doors wide open and welcomed people.
“Let all that you do be done in love,” the church quotes Scripture in its message about the one year anniversary. It has embraced the Charleston community with that message.
The people of Emanuel AME Church responded to tragedy in a manner rarely seen when dealing with something of such magnitude.
Here is one such story, about a message that showed up on the Facebook page of killer Dylann Roof after the killings a year ago.
This article first appeared at Headline Politics:
The man who shot and killed nine innocent people in an historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, had a Facebook page. Dylann Storm Roof wasn’t very active on social media, yet the page was there with one singular comment that will move you to tears.
Marcus Stanley, a gospel singer from Virginia, searched for the killer’s Facebook profile after hearing news reports of his name, prior to his capture.
Stanley didn’t send a message of hatred or express his desire to see the shooter himself killed.
Instead, he had a message of God’s love and compassion.
Here is Stanley’s message:
Noted Gospel musician Marcus Stanley called ‘Amazing Grace’ his favorite song because it reminded him of God’s love for him. Stanley said it was that love that propelled him to write a now viral Facebook post to Dylann Roof. He posted the message while Roof was on the run after allegedly murdering nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church.
“I was only able to approach it that way because of God leading me on what to say to him,” Marcus said.
Incredible. Even in the midst of such a vile and evil act, Stanley managed to find a message of God’s love for the killer.
Could you have been so forgiving to such an evil person?