Letters to the Editor

Letter | Born-again Christians made sure there would be no rioting after Charleston massacre

In Maryland, a recent killing of one black man caused days of terrorists and rebels to destroy people’s businesses and properties, fought the police of all races, injured numerous people and stole property galore.

In Charleston, a 21-year-old white man, Dylann Storm Roof, joins a Bible study group and kills 9 black people.

Do their families follow the example set by Maryland? Of course not. And why not? Because they are true “born again” Christians who follow the teachings of God’s Word, the Bible.

John 13:34 - Jesus says love each other just as I have loved you.

Romans 12:17-19 - It tells us to never pay back evil with evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all you can to live in peace with everyone. Never take revenge, leave that to God for the scripture says, I will take revenge, I will pay them back back, says the Lord.

1 Peter 3:8-9 - It says all Christians should love each other as brothers and sisters. Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate, instead pap them back with a blessing. That's what God has called us to do, and He will bless us for it. We're to hate the sin, but love the sinner. This is not easy, and only possible with Him in our hearts and minds.

Have the families of the 9 people killed during a Bible study started a riot in Charleston? No.

They described their pain, suffering and anger, but also spoke of love. They advised Roof to repent for his sins and he'd be ok. They said hate won't win. They welcomed Roof into into their Bible study, enjoyed having him and said may God have mercy on him.

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said, “A hateful person came to this community with some crazy idea he'd be able to divide, but all he did was unite us and make us love each other even more.”

The members of this family and this church group not only talk the talk, they also walk the walk.

My wife and I recently joined others from The Living Waters Baptist Church in Longs and attended a day of prayer at the North Charleston Coliseum. What a pleasure it was in listening to Gov. Nikki Haley lead us in prayer and explain what many of our current needs are in order to make America the example it should be here and around the world.

Haley was quoted recently: “We will never apologize for prayer in our state and in our country.”

Before leaving, ministers attending the event led the room in prayer on Haley's behalf. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was among those in attendance.

He told us how much we need to unite in prayer and to stand strong in our walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and yes, President Obama, when are you going to prove yourselves to be true born again Christians and join those like Gov. Haley, Gov. Jindal, the families of the 9 murdered Charleston victims, and citizens who say enough is enough?

Remember, God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

The writer lives in Little River.