It has been an inspiration to me that they show the love of Christ through their emotional responses, before their loved ones are even buried. I heard a commentator say that it was cruel of the judge to let victim's family members speak so early after the tragedy. But by allowing them to avail themselves of the grace of God so early in this tragedy, they can start healing earlier, and they can spread abroad the testimony of how Christ makes a difference in their lives, when it matters the most. In our own midweek Bible study this week, our group discussed how to have a testimony of Christ in a world that ascribes to no objective truth, and is hostile towards Christianity.
I had a chill run through me when I thought of how this murderer sat amongst the church members for an hour, and then proceeded to slaughter them. The chill came because of how it could happen in our own Bible study. Would we have the same reaction of forgiveness towards him? I hope so. Here's the question I want to leave you with. Detractors of Christianity react to us as if we are dangerous, that we want to stone the gays, and string up the sinners. (Not true, by the way. We're just warning people that every person has to answer for their sin before God, including myself.) How different is the forgiveness of the murder of those Christians' families who were ambushed and killed, versus segments of the gay community that hunt Christians to provoke them to act against their conscience? Which world do you want to live in? A world where disagreement against the party line results in political persecution, and can change on a whim, or a world where disagreement is pointed out as in conflict with God, but love is shown? I know which one I want to live in.