“We all did it.”
With Jesus are: Susie Jackson, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lee Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and state senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Yesterday morning my pastor, Keith Doane, of Crossroads Community Church, tied his preaching of Exodus 20 with the murders in Charleston. He reminded us of an article written two years ago about an event that occurred fifty years ago.
On September 15th, 1963 a bomb was thrown into a Black, Birmingham, Alabama church. Four little girls were murdered in that attack.
The Atlantic article of September 13th, 2013 told the part of the story which is often overlooked. 
Charles Morgan Jr., a young, white lawyer, born and bred in Birmingham, gave a luncheon speech within hours of the bombing. The speech immediately brought death-threats to he and his family. But his words then are words we should hear again today
Four little girls were killed in Birmingham yesterday. A mad, remorseful worried community asks, “Who did it? Who threw that bomb? Was it a black or a white person?” The answer should be, “We all did it.” Every last one of us is condemned for that crime and the bombing before it and a decade ago. We all did it.
“We all did it.”
Who is the “we?” Morgan continued by saying the “who” is
[He who] spreads the seeds of his hate to his neighbor and his son. The jokester, the crude oaf whose racial jokes rock the party with laughter. The “who” is every governor who ever shouted for lawlessness and became a law violator. It is every senator and every representative who in the halls of Congress stands and with mock humility tells the world that things back home aren’t really like they are. It is courts that move ever so slowly, and newspapers that timorously defend the law. It is all the Christians and all their ministers who spoke too late in anguished cries against violence. It is the coward in each of us who clucks admonitions. . . .
But Morgan did not stop there. Hear, hear, his final words.
And who is really guilty? Each of us. Each citizen who has not consciously attempted to bring about peaceful compliance with the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States, every citizen who votes for the candidate with the bloody flag, every citizen and every school board member and schoolteacher and principal and businessman and judge and lawyer who has corrupted the minds of our youth; every person in this community who has in any way contributed during the past several years to the popularity of hatred, is at least as guilty, or more so, than the demented fool who threw that bomb.
“We all did it.” Charles Morgan Jr.’s speech should stop us in our tracks.
Racism, the sin that pulled the trigger killing nine believers, sin of the human heart, can be found in each of us, if we are honest. “We all did it.”
There are no alternative explanations. There are no other excuses, pointed fingers, or blame-shifting.
Our sin does not have a sociological explanation.
The only explanation is theological. We are sinners. We need a savior. “We all did it.”
There is only one answer. There is only one hope. There is only one response.
“I forgive as I have been forgiven” because
“HE DID IT” (Colossians 2.13-15).
Mark has shed many tears for his extended church family in South Carolina this week and stands behind Gary Varvel’s heart-wrenching, truth-telling editorial response from the Indianapolis Star:
 The words recorded here in italics is a content adaptation of The Atlantic article.