It would be so easy to hate the shooter in the Charleston Church.
Nine dead for no obvious reason but hatred.
It would be so easy to hate the system and environment that bred that hatred.
It would be so easy to travel back in time to slavery in the Carolinas and
Hate all slave owners, slave brokers and the good people who said nothing.
It would be so easy to blame his parents and
It would be so easy!
But rather I choose to do the HARD thing.
I choose to pray for the hearts and minds of the victims’ families
That they forgive the shooter in the midst of their grief.
I choose to pray for change in the shooter’s mind.
Living life abundantly, securely not fearfully for others.
I choose to forgive the system that bred this hatred.
I choose to understand that they are not living free
But bound in the prison of hatred and they don’t know it.
I choose the HARD thing.
Otherwise, I will become bound in the chains of hate;
My words will shoot the bullets of anger and hatred.
I will become him.
I choose the Hard thing.
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)