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We Need To Respond To Evil With Prayer, That’s The Only Way

Charlseton-shooting

Our hearts are very heavy this morning as we hear more and more about the tragedy that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina last night. If you haven’t heard the news, a young man by the name of Dylann Roof is suspected of walking in to a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church and fatally shooting nine people. One of the victims was South Carolina Senator, Clementa Pinckney. He was also the church pastor.

We are at a loss for words. This act was senseless. It was unnecessary. It was pure evil. And now, a day later, the world is left wondering how anyone could do such a thing, to so many innocent people. Some have called it an act of terrorism, while others have called it the rebellious actions of a raging lunatic. We don’t know and we will probably never have all the answers. However, what we do have, is a STRONG belief and faith in God. He will provide healing and justice to those affected by this tragedy.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalms 23:4

In the face of hate and evil of this nature, we must band together as a community of believers, to pray for healing and protection. Today we lift up the families and community that are directly involved in this situation. We are constantly reminded we live in a world of pure evil. We live in a fallen world. We live in a world that so desperately needs the love that Jesus gave us. Today we want to encourage you to love each other a bit more. Hug each other, call a friend and tell them you’re there for them. Let’s not respond to this with arguments, let’s respond with love and prayer.

We’re already seeing an out-pouring of prayers and hope amidst this tragedy. Including the following:

This message was posted on the Facebook page of Dylann Roof this morning and it is the response of all responses to a tragedy like this:

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People have also taken to Twitter to offer words of prayer:

Share your own thoughts and prayers in the comments below!

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3 Comments

  1. Pinkypie2017

    Posted by Pinkypie2017 on June 18, 2015 at 21:04

    This is horrible I know, but I strongly believe that circles of people praying is really not going to massively change something. I believe in the power of prayer I’ve seen it work numerous times but I also believe in the power of action. My dad always taught me all prayer and no action feels good but gets nothing done there’s certain point where you need to stop praying and do something. So all I’m saying is America needs to figure this racial stupidity out but I don’t think how this ends will be pretty either.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by emmatime1996 on June 18, 2015 at 12:49

    This so tragic. I think we are responding correctly and morally, by praying for these victims families and the shooter. God loves everyone, because he created us all. I live and work right near where it happened. I’m so sadden by what happened last night.

  3. KitkatsAndParli

    Posted by KitkatsAndParli on June 18, 2015 at 11:09

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdpixbJ4eTk

    Whenever things like this happen, this is the song I immediately go to. (Moriah Peters and Rhett Walker, Just Pray.)