It is refreshing to see major media coverage of Christians who actually apply Jesus’ teachings to their everyday lives. I am speaking of the families of those killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.
These families have forgiven the one who visited this violence upon them while at the same time calling on him to repent and change his ways. Instead of retaliating in like kind, they have retaliated with love. Like Jesus, they are not giving the perpetrator a free pass (John 8:3-11); they are calling on him to change and they are asking for justice.
They also provided leadership to their community on how to respond to acts of hatred. Just look at the difference between Ferguson/Baltimore and Charleston.
Following the teachings of Jesus can make a positive change in people’s lives. The members of Mother Emanuel are a prime example.