I was thinking about the church shooting that occurred in Charleston, SC this past week. Without giving too much attention to the screwball who committed the murders and unless he accepted the families' forgiveness, forever sealed his fate in Hell,..I was thinking about the location of this shooting. Yes, it is an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. Yes, that particular congregation is predominately black. But a pic that I posted the other day caught my attention. It features a quote by Sam Emory, who turns out (thanks to a Google search) pastors a church in Merced, CA.
There's no such thing for me as a black church. There's no such thing for me as a white church. The Church don't have no color. The only color the Church is is Red because of the Blood of Jesus ChristHave we forgotten the song that we were taught growing up in church (I added the bold italics emphasis)...
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world
Red and Yellow, Black and White...they are precious in His sightSince when have we as a nation forgotten that particular song? Whatever your "shade of Melanin" is, if you are a part of the Church (emphasis on the capital C) that means you are my Brother or Sister. Doctrinal differences aside, we have one major goal in mind...to keep the Main Thing the main thing, that is to bring people to Christ. This shooting could have happened anywhere. It could have happened in an Assemblies of God church. It could have happened in the Lutheran church. It could have happened in San Jose. God forbid, it could have happened here in Clinton, OK.
And I'm not about to debate whether we should have tighter gun control laws...that's not important right now. What is important is we have brothers and sisters in South Carolina that are hurting because 9 of their friends/family members went to meet Jesus...some of them probably before they expected. What we need to do as part of the Body is to minister to those who are hurting...maybe not physically go to Charleston but through prayer and standing up to the enemy (remember, "our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness in this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places" -- Ephesians 6:12) and say "NO MORE"!!!