The story of Jesus having to die to atone for our sins has always puzzled me.
Why should anyone’s suffering be necessary?
And, how could one person’s suffering atone for another’s sins?
Today I understand.
A man just shot nine people in a church
People who had been kind to him.
Their families forgave him to his face.
He thought he was starting a race war with his deed.
Instead he laid the first step in ending hate.
These nine people and their families are martyrs.
The suffering of these innocents is significant!
It opened hearts to make a change.
Today a symbol of hate, a flag, is coming down.
Today there is agreement across the cultures.
Today racial hate is changing to love.