Here’s an idea: instead of everyone sharing and posting the same image of the person who senselessly slaughtered a group of worshipers in Charleston last night, let’s do our best to remember and honor those who lost their lives.
This picture is of SC Sen Rev Clementa Pickney, one of the nine who lost their lives last night at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC. He has been described as the “moral center” of the SC Senate by colleagues and died last night while planning a conference for his church.
In the coming days and hours a lot of people (and probably even me) will spend time talking about race In America, about gun violence, about how we treat murderers and there will invariably be discussion about security in churches. Those discussions are fine and worthwhile, but let’s not make the person who shot these people more famous and well-known than the people who died. This story isn’t about the one terrible person, instead it’s about the nine beautiful souls that were lost.
I don’t talk a lot about my faith because it’s really nobody’s business but my own, but my most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and all those who were touched by the lives, witness, good deeds and fellowship of Rev. Pickney and the eight others who lost their lives.