After the shooting in June at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina I started writing this blog, but never finished it because the world had moved on.
I mourn for the families of the 9 lives lost in the tragic shooting in Charleston. There have been too many lives destroyed by such violence. There have been discussions in homes, businesses, churches, schools, and the network news programs all over the United States expressing hurt, anger, shock, frustration and even prayers asking for peace. I support any discussion that seeks to stop racism, racist behavior and violence on the street, in the schools, businesses and churches. I too am frustrated with the hatred and loss of human life.
As a white woman, I will not presume to understand racial discrimination and the ongoing treatment of people of color in America. I am truly sorry that everyone is not treated with respect and love just because of the color of their skin.
Like so many other people, I am trying to understand the cause of such unbelievable acts of violence. I am frustrated on so many levels. Is this really all about gun control? I will let all of the political pundits, news junkies and gun rights advocates discuss the merits of gun control or not. I am not advocating either way as I think there is a larger discussion that needs to be addressed. We are all humans! Why are we killing each other? Just because we are different in color, age, creed, faith, culture and sex doesn’t negate the fact that we are all human beings. As humans we have the right to exist. Our lives matter!
For me, as a Christian, this discussion is about respecting life! When we teach our children to love one another and treat others, as they want to be treated, humanity wins. When we show our children that we as adults, parents, mentors, family and friends are willing to be loving and respectful to everyone despite our disagreements, color, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, humanity wins. I have heard many Christians ask WWJD, (What would Jesus Do)? The answer to that question is identified in how Jesus lived his life. He loved people on the margins. He uplifted women, children and people outside of what we would call the religious. He showed love, mercy and grace to all people. As Christians, He is not our exclusive personal Savior to be held captive in our hearts. His message is to be shared in our actions every minute, every hour, every day and every month, and year. Proclaim the message that Jesus preached over and over; love your neighbor as yourself.