It is often said that a man must face his greater darkness. If that is the case, then a society to must on occasion face the darker parts of its nature. Unfortunately while confronting that darkness, it’s easy to lose sight of the light. We have seen horror this week in Charleston, and we’ve once again been driven to ask why this is happening in our world. While this sociological introspection is needed, it is important to not lose ourselves down that path.
The Gunman with nine people’s blood on his hands has been caught, and he will be held accountable for his crimes. Depressingly enough he seems not proud, but he doesn’t regret what he did. He wanted to start a Second Civil War, a Race War. Yet, he has not succeeded. Sure, there will be those on the fringes of all sides using this to push one agenda or another. But I would rather focus on what I’m seeing all around us.
We’re seeing not an onslaught of violence against others but a show of support for the innocent fallen. Not a loud public demand for others blood, but words of forgiveness and prayer by those most hurt. It is this we should look at, and this we should embrace. Over the last six months we’ve seen brutal Violence and Rioting break out in Major cities, yet I see now building being burned in Charleston tonight. Instead, from my home in Texas, I see people gathered in Prayer. I see people discussing why things are so bad, and frankly, I don’t think it really is. We SEE bad, yet we must also accept the good.
Our co-workers who we stand next to day in and day out and never even think about anything other than how they are doing. Our friends and neighbors who have always shared our streets with us in the cities, suburbs, towns. We really don’t treat people poorly. Look to the people around you, and ask not what makes you different, but what has bound you together over the weeks.
For those who have died, they have passed on into the next world, where the Color of their skin, no longer truly matters. For those of us left behind we look to try and heal our communities, while trying to make sure things like this don’t happen. But we aren’t alone, or as divided as one would want to believe. We are all together, driven by common purpose.
Ask yourself when was the last time you judged a person by the color of their skin instead of the strength of their character, it doesn’t matter what race you are. Ask yourself that question. I’ll bet most of the time the answer is you don’t really.
May God help heal those who suffered the most, and protect those now in his hands. And for the rest of us, let us stand together and live as friends, and not be divided as those who commit these acts would want us to be.