The theme of Vacation Bible School, at Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Ben Stephens, President of the International Youth Department, is Life and Death in America: The Role of The Church. They had no idea how close to home that theme would be.
When tragedy struck, in Charleston, Pastor Benjamin Stephens of Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ says it was felt in Kansas City, as well.
“It’s unfortunate that he wanted to hurt black people, but as I share with my congregation here at Trinity Temple, we don’t have a white issue, we don’t have a black issue, we don’t even have a gun issue, we really have a sin issue,” said Stephens.
The church is holding it’s annual vacation bible school, meaning kids are here, all week; kids who know what happened. Stephens says now is not the time to shield them, but to teach about race and racism.
“It’s going to take individuals saying they have a responsibility to God and to their faith, and to their community to reach these young children. And, I don’t believe there’s an age. If they’re old enough to say yes and no, they’re old enough to be responsible,” the pastor said.
Stephens also said if it were him, he would have allowed Dylann Roof inside his church, as well, in a spirit of love and acceptance. He says it to make the point that his tragedy could have happened anywhere, even in Grandview.
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