The violence in Charleston is felt on two fronts, as an African American and particularly as a Christian. I have talked to people from Charleston, who live in Maryland, and they remain in a state of shock. It is impossible to make sense of the senseless tragedy. It is possible to reflect and act in a way that honors the lives of the saints who took their flight to Glory from Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
In case you missed it, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote an excellent and insightful piece about Pastor Clementa Pinckney in the New York Times.
From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Galatians 6:17