A Glimpse of What’s Possible

Posted on June 22, 2015 in Justice

Two hope-filled events took place yesterday—the Lord’s Day and Father’s Day—in Charleston, SC.

First, “Mother Emanuel” reopened for worship. And the presiding elder of the church, Rev. Norvel Goff, gave a rousing sermon, the highlight of which for me was, “Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us.”

The members of Emanuel AME Church brought glory to God through their response of love. Rev. Goff thanked government leaders, law enforcement, and those who grieved with them. He declared, “no evildoer, no demon in hell or on earth can close the doors of God’s church.”

Or sear the hearts of its people.

Second, more than 10,000 people gathered to form a unity chain on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that spans the Cooper River and connects the town of Mount Pleasant and the city of Charleston. Organizers had expected 3,000. People of all colors and walks joined hands in solidarity.


Many talk about how only love can conquer hate. The followers of Jesus who make Emanuel AME their church home showed us how it’s done and inspired their community.

The hardest part is yet to come, though.

Rev. Goff made it clear he and his church family would pursue justice in this case and ‘”for those who are still living on the margin of life.” Whether the killer pleads guilty or is convicted at trial, will justice be served or will the outcome be vengeance in disguise? The Bible says vengeance is the Lord’s, He will repay. Tough stuff. We need His wisdom.

I believe—hope—the prayers for God’s mercy will continue and be a catalyst of transformation in every heart toward those on the margin. We can all choose to be the answer.

What say you?