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We Need To Respond To Evil With Prayer, That’s The Only Way
Written by Project Inspired | June 18, 2015
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:
People have also taken to Twitter to offer words of prayer:
— Felicia Okatta (@fokatta) June 18, 2015
Pray for those in Charleston #CharlestonShooting
— Brandon Washington (@BBreezy_904) June 18, 2015
— Rev. L.A. Artis (@RevLAArtis) June 18, 2015
Weeping for Charleston, as God must also be weeping. #CharlestonShooting
— Ron Cava (@Cavasations) June 18, 2015
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims. Let us gather as a community to pray over this tragic event. #CharlestonShooting
— Mary’s Pence (@maryspence1987) June 18, 2015
Share your own thoughts and prayers in the comments below!