If you haven't, in the last 48 hours, said a genuine and heartfelt prayer over this country, over Charleston, over the victims families, over a culture that raised a young man to hate people then stop, stop everything you're doing right now and pray. But not for any of that, pray for you. Pray for the Lord to give you a burden for these people. Pray for Him to give you a burden for justice and love. Pray the bravest prayer you can pray: pray that He would break your heart over the things that break His heart and that He would give you the courage to do something about it. Pray that you would be changed.
Here's the thing, this darkness starts in us, in every one of us who pays lip service to the tragedy but spends no time on our knees. This pain starts in every one of us who feels bad for the families but don't speak the victim's name in prayer. This hatred starts in every one of us who do not weep with the Lord when He weeps over the loss of His precious creation, it starts in every one of us who sits in apathy and complacency. Hatred doesn't have to be nurtured to grow, it simply has to be ignored, so these deaths ended with a young man pulling a trigger but they started with every one of us who has ever ignored hatred.
So often the Church is a people of conviction but a people without burden or courage. Stop what you're doing right now, and pray that you would be a person of conviction, of burden and of courage. And once you've done that pray over this country, over Charleston, over the victims families, over a culture that raised a young man to hate people.