Matthew 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Dear Readers, Three days ago, a man walked into a church full of Christians (who happened to be colored), sat there as the Word of God was preached for some time and then opened fire, killing nine Christian brothers and sisters and wounding several others. As I am writing this, I am still stunned. I am emotional. I weep not for my fallen brothers and sisters in Christ. I need not shed tears for them; for they are at home in peace and love with the Lord. Hallelujah! I weep for their families. I weep for their friends. I weep for everyone who has lost someone to senseless violence. I also weep for my nation, my beautiful America. I wonder, why she is so cruel at times? Yet, even while I am in the midst of such madness and confusion, I still see hope. I still see God’s light shining through the darkness. Praise His name! Thank you, Jesus! When I picked up the paper today, I wept again. But, this time they were tears of joy. (more…)