“26 If one part [of the Body of Christ] suffers, every part suffers with it;” I Cor. 12:2
Families are suffering in Charleston, South Carolina – they are our brothers and sisters in Christ – therefore we are suffering.
I couldn’t help think of the children of the pastor whose father is now no longer with them. It is Father’s Day, a tragic reminder of all they have lost. Others murdered were also fathers.
They were at church praying, just where many thousands of Christians throughout our country are on Wednesday night – praying. It hurt so much to think of this evil act being carried out in a place where God is worshipped and His love is shared.
I was reading yesterday in a journal my Grandmother Barker, my father’s mother kept. After a tragedy occurred during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, Grandma quoted him as asking that these verses be read to him. II Corinthians 4: 6-9 (NKJV)
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed;
I have heard many of the family members and friends of those murdered speak of forgiveness in this time of horrific pain and loss. What a testimony of God’s amazing grace!
As the Body of Christ we MUST step up our efforts to battle the forces of evil that foster hatred.
It starts in our homes as we express acceptance and love for all people, especially those who may be different from us. Hatred is a learned attitude. When our homes are places of love and acceptance – our children will learn to treat others with respect.
Sing this simple, yet profound chorus with your children and talk about what it means –
” Jesus loves the little children
ALL the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow, black, and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Hatred can not exist in our hearts if God’s love is present. Now is the time to plant those seeds of love and respect in the hearts of our children and grandchildren.
We must keep those suffering in Charleston in our prayers.
We are all suffering – but love wins in the end.