[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dylann Roof was captured this morning. The 21-year old was the sole suspect in the horrific shooting in which nine people were killed as he picked them off one by one. Three men and six women were gunned down at AME Church, a 150-year old, historically black church, by Roof after he spent an hour sitting in the church and praying with them. One of the victims was the church’s pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina State Senator. There were two survivors, a five-year old girl, who played dead after being instructed to do so by her grandmother, and another woman who Roof let go so that she could tell the world what he did.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]When you look at pictures of Roof, his eyes seem dead inside. There is no life. There is no love. There is evil, plain and simple. It would take evil to pray with people for an hour before killing them.
While police have stated they are investigating the shooting as a hate crime and some individuals are already trying to politicize it for partisan purposes in calling for gun control or, as in the case of Brandon Friedman, former Obama deputy assistant for public affairs at HUD who used the shooting to attack Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, there is one comment that stands out from the rest.
If you visit Roof’s Facebook page, at least as of this writing at 1:21 pm Eastern, there is one lone comment underneath the sinister looking picture of him.
It was written by 30-year old award-winning gospel singer Marcus Stanley, who was himself shot, the victim of a gang initiation, eight times at point blank range while touring. Though he was paralyzed on his right side temporarily and lost his ability to walk, he recovered by the grace of God.
On his own Facebook page on April 13, Stanley told the story of when he was shot and how he forgave his shooter.
I forgave the man who shot 7 bullets from a 45 caliber gun into my chest, and 1 bullet into my arm. One bullet remains inside my spine that is unable to be moved due to risk of paralysis & I lost the feeling in my right hand permanently. For years I held, bitterness, anger, and rage… but in 2010 when I gave my life to Jesus, I realized that I had to forgive to be free. Forgiving those who hurt you can save your life.
Stanley exhibited that forgiveness and grace once again on his post on Roof’s Facebook. Rather than call for gun control, cry racism, or place partisan blame, Stanley instead approached this horrific situation not through the lens or racism or partisanship, but as a Christian who recognizes the fallen nature of our world and shared words God’s Word and love in hopes of making a difference and getting Roof to confess his sins and ask for forgiveness.
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