Savannah Pastor Near Scene of Tragic Shootings in Charleston, Offers Reflections on Faith at Such a Time

Savannah Pastor Near Scene of Tragic Shootings in Charleston, Offers Reflections on Faith at Such a Time (Image 1)

Bishop Matthew Odum of the Temple of Glory Community Church in Savannah has a unique and unfortunate perspective on the nine killings at a church in Charleston.  He was at a church only about five miles away in North Charleston Wednesday evening.  He says about 9:45 p.m. there was an announcement from the pastor at there. “He says there’s been a shooting at the church (nearby) and it may be bad,” Odum told us.

Odum says some women screamed and it was all surreal.  “Horrific really,” he told me.

He says while people at his location were all right, Charleston police quickly arrived. “The thinking was that the person responsible for this was still at large, and they didn’t know if other churches were targeted,” Odum told me. “So they converged in the place where we were and they escorted people to their cars and just made sure everything was safe.”

Odum stook in his own church in Savannah as we talked Thursday morning.  He said he had not been able to sleep and the long ride back to Savannah had been filled with “prayer and that he shed a few tears.”

But he said people of faith need to react now with faith, not anger.  Still, he acknowledged none of that is easy in the face of such violence.  “And you just think that this age, where we are now that something like this would be unheard of but here we are, this is reality, “He told me. ” Nine people left home last night to go to church to pray and didn’t make it back home.  I think that sums it up.”

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