In the aftermath of the killing of their loved ones in a historic church, the bereaved families of the slaughtered found it in their hearts to forgive the racist young man who was welcomed to their church and then in cold blood shot and killed nine Christians. The families of the slain showed a remarkable dignity in their overwhelming grief that has inspired the world. Around the same time the white Republican governor of South Carolina, no doubt thinking of the next election, was demanding the death penalty for Dylann Roof.
In their forgiving of this hate-filled racist white man, these African-American Christians were doing what Jesus had told them to do: love your enemies. Since the beginning of the Christian era, the teachings of Christ have been the most ignored by many of his followers.
Dylann Roof and others of his ilk can understand and respond to hate. They have no idea what to do when they come up against people they hate who refuse to hate them in return but will only return love.
Francis W. Reuterman
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