Pastor on church shooting: This is not a skin problem – this is a sin problem
Only days ago the national news media descended on McKinney, Texas following an incident which occurred with police after several teens crashed a pool party in the city and police were called to the scene.
The incident attracted vocal statements from all sides with some claiming the police were too rough on specifically Black teenagers.
Video of the event went viral after a McKinney police officer threw a teen girl to the ground, kneeling into her back in what appeared to be an over aggressive manner. The officer resigned shortly after the incident.
Today, we woke up to the news that a young white man went into an historically African American church in Charleston, South Carolina and in cold-blood gunned down nine Black churchgoers.
It was that topic that led WBAP radio talk show host, Chris Krok, in Dallas, Texas to have a discussion on his program Thursday evening.
Krok described the Christians at the AME Church in South Carolina as acting like Christ by welcoming in the man who would later kill them.
Chris Krok then took a call from a McKinney pastor who said that he had just returned from a city wide pastor’s meeting planned as a result of the pool party incident days earlier.
The Pastor, who said his first name was Charlie, told Krok that last week over 100 clergy members met with the chief of police to dialogue about the incident. He said they laid their hands on him and prayed for him.
“Last week when all this broke loose and the protests hit our city, one hundred of us clergymen gathered with the Mayor and the Chief of Police behind closed doors and no reporters. It was a two and a half – two hour meeting and it culminated in all the clergy laying hands on the pastor [ he meant mayor] and the Chief of Police praying over them. From that, we have begun a dialogue to deal with issues in our city,” the pastor said.
He also commended the Black pastors on how they “tapped down” violence as groups like the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam went to McKinney to protest.
“And, I want to commend the African American pastors of McKinney who really did their best to tamp down the hatred side of the protest when the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers came into our city.
“These guys worked through their influence to keep them from becoming violent. And, this is the story that the media is not reporting. It’s the reason that this thing ended so smoothly was because of the influence if the spiritual leadership of our city.”
He then told Krok about the meeting that took place this evening.
“Six African American pastors all made the same statement. They said that racism is a demonic attack against the Body of Christ to divide the Church.”
“They said that this attack in South Carolina was demonic. That this was one of the things that the enemy is using to destroy the Body of Christ.
“One Black pastor said this: that – that man [Roof] has a soul. And, we need to pray for his salvation.”
The Pastor, who is White said that he was amazed at what the Black pastors said and he was not shocked by their love, for the alleged White racist shooter, saying, “This man needs to be saved, this is a spiritual issue,” he said.
He also said one of the points the Black pastors made was that, “This is not a skin problem – this is a sin problem.”
“And, that’s the point that the clergy’s bringing up. And because it doesn’t fit the political narrative – there’s no coverage over this,” the pastor commented.
“I really think that if we would lay down denominational lines and political lines and if clergy would come together because clergy still has strong influence across communities, if they would come together and say we’re here for a solution that it goes beyond politics and goes beyond skin and race. We’re here as a Body of Christ. I believe that we could begin to see some better things happen across our communities,” he concluded.
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