Last night in our great nation, millions gathered for Bible Study. This tradition knows no bounds of race or denomination. It is God’s people simply coming together to deepen their faith by studying His Word.
Last night during bible study bullets flew at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; killing nine people including the church’s pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
Last night in Charleston we saw again what carnage can occur when bullets fly. However, we have seen this before:
- When bullets flew at a Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado killing 12 people
- When bullets flew at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC and 12 more people were killed
- When bullets flew at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut where 27 people were killed including 20 children, between the ages of six and seven
With these repeated heinous acts and our inaction, we as a nation have condoned and accepted the outcomes when bullets fly.
However, as people of faith we will not allow the bullets that flew in Charleston, deter us from our relationship with the Lord.
In Matthew 10:28 Jesus gives us the courage to go back into God’s house when He tells us “Don’t be afraid of those who can kill only your bodies—but can’t touch your souls! Fear only God who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Therefore, this weekend in Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and Churches all across America we will continue to worship. As Psalm 34:1 tells us: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
And on Wednesday night we will go back to Bible Study.
However, today we will pray:
- We will pray for the nine who were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
- We will pray for those who survived.
- We will pray for the one that pulled the trigger that made the bullets fly in God’s House.
Marben Bland is studying to become an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church