Grace and peace to you all through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once again we as a people, and as the Body of Christ, have been invaded with the ugliness of evil. The horrific events that transpired at Emanuel A.M.E church on June 17, 2015 has ripped through the fiber of our souls, wounding us in the present and reopening wounds of the past. Those who are familiar with history realize that this is not the first attack on the Black Church or African Americans - we have tread our path through the blood of the slaughtered many times before. But I want to encourage us to also remember that we as a race and as a people have come through evil such as this all because of our unwavering faith to stay connected to God's Kingdom.
Mother Emanuel A.M.E. was founded on the principles of liberty from slavery and burned because her voice galvanized her children for freedom.
An earthquake could not keep her down, and Dylann Roof surely cannot keep her quiet. Her voice speaks loudly to us through our grief and anger professing with the strength of her foundation that evil cannot hold God down! Just as Jesus told Peter and such is true today, "Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it." (New Living Translation).
I implore each of us as we search our spirits for answers that we continue to allow our voices to be heard; pray sincerely and fervently; fill ourselves with the fruits of the spirit; arm ourselves with the whole armor of God; trust God when we cannot trace God and finally stay connected to God as suggested in John 15: 5-8: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
"If You Need a Covering, Meet Me At The Oak."
Pastor Douglas Simmons