From our Worship Leader Ben Thompson on last night’s tragedy:
As I reflect on the tragedy that has happened in Charleston, I want to share my thoughts.
This man has committed a desperately hateful, sinful, and tragic act. I pray that every single one of us would respond with equally desperate love. A hurting, grieving, but peaceful and supporting love, and that our love would far overshadow his hatred.
As we mourn with those who mourn, as we weep with those who weep, let us remember not to repay hate with hate, but to instead repay hate with love. I pray that through this tragedy, Christians and non Christians, Black and non Blacks, Charlestonians and non Charlestonians would have our eyes opened to the brokenness of the world and that racism is still alive. I pray we confess our own sins, repent and turn to the grace of God through Christ, and display holy acts of love and kindness in response to this tragedy.
We do not need more violence to bring resolution to last nights events. I pray this man would overcome whatever has possessed him to commit such acts, turn himself in, and help bring peace to our city which is hurting along with all others who have and will suffer such atrocities.