The death of the nine Christians in the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has become a trigger for unity rather than causing a race war. God intervened in our recent racial struggles and miraculously shifted the emphasis from division to unity. Whites and blacks in Charleston have chosen love and peace over prejudice and war.
It is a God intervening moment because, as we will come to understand: What Satan meant for evil, God turned to good for our nation. He is using it to make progress on racial unity. “E pluribus unum: Out of Many, One” is written on our one dollar bill. That American principle and goal has depended upon supernatural intervention from God since our beginning. We have had times of great upheaval and resistance to the goal of unity, but God always intervenes supernaturally at moments when Satan believes he has won. The devil causes great human sacrifice, but God uses that sacrifice for redemption from evil and the accomplishment of good.
God initiated this moment of forgiveness and unity in Charleston through the God-loving relatives of the saints who were slain. They have lived up to the Jesus-centered message of their slain pastor, Reverend Pinckney. His message was one of unity, love and forgiveness rather than the anger and hatred that has been driving the message of the majority of the media. It’s about time the American, Christian message of love and forgiveness replace the divisive, hateful messages of people who have been stirring up hatred and racial division.
It is terribly sad and painful that nine wonderful Christians had to die, but that too is a Christian tradition, starting with Jesus. Throughout the centuries the blood of martyrs has been shed to move and empower a person or nation to respond outside the natural limitations of love and unity. The shedding of innocent blood breaks the hold Satan has on weak human nature, allowing supernatural, unconditional love to prevail. It releases people and nations who are captive to evil and hatred.
America is supposed to be “a city upon a hill,” a light to the world of God’s plan and character. Overcoming our racial division can be a light to those involved in the Muslim civil wars throughout the Middle East between Shiites and Sunnis. The Middle East needs an example and hope, and America can provide it if we will follow the leading of the relatives of the martyrs in the AME Church in South Carolina. It is time for forgiveness throughout the nation, blacks for whites and whites for blacks. It is time for hatred to come to an end.