His mother was the victim of a white supremacist in a mass massacre at the Charleston church in 2015. Chris Singleton chose forgiveness because “love is stronger than hate”.
In 2015, a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entered the Methodist Church in Charleston, North Carolina. He opened fire on the faithful gathered for a Bible study, killing 9 people, all black.
Among the victims was Chris Singleton's mother. At only 18, he has to take care of his brother and sister on his own. “It was hard then, it's hard now,” he explains, “it made me grow up much faster than a lot of people, I had to take care of two teenagers when I didn't I was not yet 21 ”.
The Charleston Christian community forgave Dylann Roof. This choice had then upset Mark Zuckerberg, for whom the community was “a symbol of resilience”.
It is also the path of forgiveness that has chosen Chris Singleton. He says today that he is no longer angry with the one who killed his mother, because "love is stronger than hate".
There are, according to him, two possible reactions in his faith, in the face of such a tragedy.
“I think that anyone who loses a loved one, there are two ways to go with their faith. First way, you might say, there is no way God is real. Or, second way, you could, my God, I don't know how it happened or why it happened, but I need you to get through this. "
Chris explains that Jesus became his “rock”.
“I no longer had my mother and I no longer had my father, so Jesus became the rock I would lean on. It was comforting for me, it was therapeutic for me. "
Every day, Chris continues to pray to “ask God for wisdom”.
“My mom used to tell me to read the book of Proverbs, so every month I try to read it all. "
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