You meant it for evil but God....

Genesis 50:20 you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

On last Wednesday, a gunman entered the Emanuel AME Church, an African American church sanctuary and killed nine saints who welcomed him with love and open arms as they prayed and studied the word of God. This individual stated “he wanted to kill black people and cause a race war”.

It is difficult to understand how things like this could happen, and in the church of all places. We could never understand why this person did what he did. As the family members of the nine saints have so effectively acknowledged in front of and as an example to the world: (some excerpts) “Their legacies were love, Hate won’t win”, “She taught me that we are the family that love built, we have no room for hate”, “I forgive you, repent, confess, give your life to the one who matters most, Christ”.

In no other situation have the lives of the fallen caused a reaction of love, calm, and forgiveness. What a testament to lives and effect that these saints had on their families, in their church, community, and now the world.

Genesis 50:20 states, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done… this scripture has been used in many cases, but in this very dim situation this scripture is one that speaks volumes. Here are just of a few of the effects that have occurred as a result of the amazing saints whose lives were taken and the way in which their families have walked out their faith...
  1. The state of South Carolina, city of Charleston, and the world have come together as a result of the example left by the nine saints and their survivors of love, peace, forgiveness, and unity.
  2. The removal of the confederate flag from the SC State Capital ground is being discussed with the backing of many who before opposed the action
  3. Wal-Mart, Sears, K-Mart, eBay, and Amazon announced they will no longer sell confederate flag merchandise.
  4. The Governors of VA & NC have announced they will remove the flag from state license plates.
These changes can never replace the lives of these individuals nor the great impact these saints had on their families, community, and church. These changes have occurred because of the Christian life that they lived. We must pause and acknowledge this. As the Emanuel AME Church family and the city of Charleston prepares for the funerals of these nine saints, we must keep praying for the families strength, fighting for justice, peace, and above all in honor of these saints forgive and love one another as Christ has loved us. We cannot let their dying be in vain. If God be for us who can be against us.

 

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