Marketing & Communication // 10.24.18
The Rev. Marshall Blalock has always cared about race relations, but the night nine Christians were killed at a Bible study in Charleston at Emanuel AME Church simply because they were black changed his life. He was at CSU Oct. 24 to speak with students.
Blalock is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston and the current president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. As SCBC president, he will preside over the Convention’s annual meeting in November. The meeting’s theme is building bridges. In an unprecedented move, the meetings will be held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, a historically black church, and a Tuesday night worship service will be at Emanuel AME.
Blalock said his conviction is that racial animosity still exists in our country. He said CSU students, possibly the most diverse student body affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, should understand that truth more than others. Chris Singleton was a CSU student when his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was killed at Emanuel AME.
Blalock said he has learned, “What is often happening in the world around me is often invisible to me because it doesn’t affect me. If you don’t know, you can’t see.” Blalock is determined to see. Ephesians 2:14 says Jesus destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
Blalock shared three ways to begin making a difference.
He left students with a final challenge. “Start building bridges in small ways. What are you going to do? Show grace, and let’s get started.”