Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

(I’m breaking my “one-post-per-day” routine to comment on this breaking story out of Charleston, SC. It is a terrible situation that I wish I didn’t need to address; but this is the kind of story we ignore at our peril.)

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. – Colossians 3:10-11

This is a story about an act of terror against the witness of love…

image from CNN story

multiple-slaying suspect Dylann Roof

EVIL: I can’t let this day go by without taking the time to share a few thoughts regarding Wednesday’s horrible, hateful, brutal massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

First, my deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the victims, to their families and friends, and to the community of Charleston in South Carolina. Then I have to say that this is one of those crimes where – in a sense – all of us who value human freedom and the liberty to practice personal faith are to be counted among the victims. Because this was an act of terror against the witness of love.

LOVE IS OUR WATCHWORD: What I mean is that – irrespective of our thoughts vis-a-vis race, religion, guns, mental illness, social justice, or anything that might possibly skew our perspective – evil is always profoundly threatened and intimidated by love-in-action; love is the only response with the muscle to make the kind of difference that counts, and love must be our watchword.

At the same time, evil delights at pitting good people against one-another – especially in a religious climate where the most recognizable thing the world understands about faith is our judgment, our arguing, our disdain, our condemnation, and our exclusion.

image from CNN.com story

image from CNN.com story

This is why I believe our conversation around this event must stay away from the knee-jerk reaction of black versus white. This is a story about an act of terror against the witness of love, and the best response – the response that will make the power of evil reel – is for us to embrace one another and to demonstrate to the world that, “in this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us; Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

image from CNN.com

image from CNN.com

The more we define our faith-communities in terms of who we exclude – be they black, hispanic, immigrant, gay, poor, physically or mentally challenged, etc. – the more credibility we give the purposes of evil.

We are all overwhelmed with sadness regarding what happened Wednesday evening in Charleston; now let’s see if we will move forward as purposeful children of the living God, following his Son, and serving the cause of love.

DSC_0365-001Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives” (Colossians 3:16). – DEREK

5 thoughts on “an act of terror against the witness of love

  1. Steven Clark says:

    He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2 14-15

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    1. derekmaul says:

      Good stuff, Steve

      Like

  2. Indeed, we are at a point in our history where evil (Satan and his minions) will make every attempt to steal faith, love, hope and peace. The devil knows how this whole thing will end. Remember, misery loves company. Satan doesn’t want to spent eternity in hellfire. He wants to take souls with him. Our mission is to get the Good News out and to bring souls out of the darkness. As the End Days draw near, we will see violence, rioting, sexual perversion, hatred, and many false prophets and false “religions.” It is my most earnest prayer that the people touched by the shootings in Charleston find comfort in God Almighty.

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  3. RuthGem says:

    I do agree, and am quite saddened to have heard what happened. I do pray for the comfort of those who survived and lost loved ones.

    Liked by 1 person

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