Why Rev. Anthony Thompson Chose to Forgive Charleston Church Shooter After he Killed his Wife

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On June 17, 2015, the Rev. Anthony Thompson received a phone call no one ever wants. There had been a shooting at Emanuel AME. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study. When he arrived, he learned his wife was not among the survivors.

The shooting was racially motivated, as it was later discovered that the killer, Dylann Storm Roof, was a white supremacist.

Of course, Thompson fully grieved his wife’s death. But instead of becoming bitter and full of hatred himself toward Roof, Thompson chose to cling to God’s Word and to forgive him both privately and publicly. His new book, Called to Forgive, casts a compelling vision of the power of forgiveness that can transform lives and inspire others to choose radical forgiveness, no matter what the circumstance.

“Forgiveness, even for the Christian, is extremely difficult and painful,” Thompson told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. “You have to trust God to walk with you and guide you through something so horrific.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Shawn A. Akers