The families of the victims of the Charleston church shooting were permitted to address the shooter, Dylan Roof.
These families had every right to lash out in anger and hate, but instead they modeled Chrst-like love and forgiveness.
I think all of their statements are best summed up by Alana Simmons, she said, “Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone’s plea for your soul, is proof that they lived in love and their legacies will live in love so hate won’t win.”
These family members have challenged me to the biblical call to “love our enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us.”
As our Nation rightfully seeks justice for the victims of this crime, let us remember to pray for Dylan Roof that he repents, not only to the victims, but to God and receives the forgiveness that only can be had through Christ.