NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - State Sen. Paul Thurmond, son of longtime U.S. Senator and segregationist Strom Thurmond, took the pulpit Sunday morning at Charity Missionary Baptist Church.
Just days ago, Senator Thurmond gave a powerful speech on the SC Senate floor supporting the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds.
"It is time to acknowledge our past, atone for our sins, and work for a better future," said Charleston Republican Senator Thurmond.
Now that the flag is down, Senator Thurmond said our state needs healing.
"There is a lot of work to be done," said Senator Thurmond. "There is more work to be done. But, i think this is a wonderful step in that direction. I want to talk to you a little bit about how I think we got there. The families of those victims showed what it's like to be a Christian. The community in Charleston showed what it's like to be a Christian. The Governor, with her leadership, showed what it's like to be a Christian. The legislature, with their response, showed what it's like to be a Christian. And ultimately, as we move forward, let us all show was it's like to be a Christian."
Senator Thurmond didn't write a speech for his message Sunday morning. He spoke from the heart and shared the brief message about hope and healing.