Race relations in America were severely challenged by riots and the destruction of property in Ferguson, Missouri (2014) and Baltimore, Maryland (2015). However the response of the survivors to last year’s shooting in Charleston, S.C. offers a hopeful example of the power of forgiveness.
Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney and eight members of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church were murdered while bowed in prayer during a Bible Study. Immediately after the slaying, survivors of the incident shocked the world by forgiving the shooter. Their trust in a loving and forgiving God, won the respect and the attention of people across the globe. [Read more…]