Sen. Tim Scott & Rep. Trey Gowdy Express Hope for a Divided Nation at Prestonwood Baptist Church

The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

There had been a shooting in Charleston, S.C. A white gunman entered a Wednesday evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated.

“I found myself just lost,” Scott recalled on Sunday (April 22) when he and Gowdy spoke at the Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. “In a church where Dylann Roof decided to walk in and start a race war, the first person I thought to call was a white guy from the same state.”

Scott knew that his friend would understand his sense of desperate loss and would be there for him. When Gowdy picked up the phone, he responded exactly as Scott expected.

At Prestonwood the two men spoke about their friendship, their faith, the divisions facing the nation and the role of the church during a conversation with pastor Jack Graham.

Though both represent South Carolina as Republican members of Congress, their life histories couldn’t seem more different. Gowdy had grown up in a prosperous family and become a lawyer and a prosecutor before running for the House of Representatives.

Scott’s parents divorced when he was a child, and his mother worked 16-hour shifts as a nurse’s aide to support him. With her constant encouragement, he grew up to become the first African American to serve his state as both a congressman and a senator since Reconstruction.

But despite their backgrounds, their differences pulled them together. In discussing their new book, “Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country,” Gowdy and Scott talked about their unity in Congress and in life.

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Source: Baptist Press