I have mixed emotions concerning the tragedy that took place in Charleston, South Carolina. I grew up an AME pastor’s son and my father served as a pastor at nine AME churches in the south and as Presiding elder of the North Nashville District of the AME church for over 16 years. My father served at over nine AME churches doing his career. I grew up in the AME church. He’s gone on now to be with The Lord, but he would be more than concerned about what happened at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
It pains me mightily to even think about what happened at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Never in my life have I heard of such a thing happening at an AME church. I ask all who care to pray for Emanuel AME Church to pray for the victims who lost their lives and for their families who are grieving still today because of of a unexplained and tragic decision of a misguided young man, who let a heart filled with hate drive him to commit such an act against innocent bystanders.
Some things in life are unexplained and if they were we still could not wrap our arms around it. However, now is the time for healing, for all those who care to pray for the victims and their families. All over this country people are praying, no matter what faith they are, because this incident and how it happened left an indelible impact on all of us.
Wednesday prayer meetings are a tradition, not just in the AME church, but in congregations of different denominations across this great country of ours. So many people are grieving , many are concerned about gun violence and many are asking the simply question WHY! Sometimes we have no answers, this is one of those times. One thing is for sure, there is no place for intolerance, there is no place for violence and there is no place of feelings of hate when it comes to worship or any other endeavor in life.
I ask that we all take a moment today to pray for the victims and their families at Emanuel AME Church and pray to God that gun violence wherever it occurs will be eliminated in America. God bless Emanuel AME Church and the members of this great Church as they begin the healing process. Let’s do all we can to help eliminate intolerance and gun violence in this country.