“Being a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis
Chris Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, died during the shooting rampage at Emmanual AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in the summer of 2015. Shortly following the horrible events that took the lives of nine people who were attending a Bible Study, Singleton held a press conference to issue a public statement. At the time, Chris played on the baseball team at Charleston Southern University, a private Christian school, and at the press conference he was surrounded by his coaches and teammates. During his statement he said, “We will get through it. Our church will get through it. It’s tough times. Honestly, my knees are a little weak right now, but I’m trying to stay as strong as I can while I press on. We are mourning right now, but I know we’ll get through it.” Then he added, “No matter how much hate there is in the world, it’s no match for love.” He went on to offer the perpetrator his family’s love and forgiveness in an emotional and heartfelt display of grace.
It’s true. There’s no match for love, and love is exactly what Holy Week is about. For God so loved the world… Jesus made that journey to the cross with love for sinners of all stripes, including you and me. He has revealed his love in redeeming us and transforming us so we are capable, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to offer that same love to others, even to those who don’t deserve it, especially to those who don’t deserve it.