Waking up this morning, I was horrified to read about a church shooting in Charleston, SC at a Bible Study last night. From what the news said, there was a Bible Study in the church basement of Emmanuel AME and the shooter just began to shoot people. At this time, 9 people have died from the shooting and the police are calling this a hate crime. The police say the shooter is still at large and obviously there are boatloads of unanswered questions.
Here are a few things that we can do, as outside observerers and fellow believers:
- pray for the families of the victims: peace, grace, strength, courage and for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to be very real to each family member
- pray for the police as they search for the shooter: protection, wisdom, clarity, discernment and truth
- pray for the shooter: it is a very disturbed individual who walks into a church and randomly shoots innocent people at a Bible Study
- pray for the church: Emmanuel AME is a very famous and historic church, founded in the late 1700s. This church has had it’s share of historic events, including a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr in 1962; the pastor for Emmanuel AME was shot and killed last night, so our brothers and sisters at Emmanuel AME very much need our prayers