OF COURSE, BLACK LIVES MATTER (Truth #6)
One of the deadliest plants in North America is spreading. Poison Hemlock is so dangerous it can cause respiratory failure and death if eaten. Even touching it can cause blisters. Its relative, the Spotted Water Hemlock, is even worse. Eating it causes death within 2 hours. These plants grow across the whole United States. They look innocent, and even beautiful, but they can be deadly. The same is true with some of the philosophies and beliefs that are being spread today. They seem innocent, even attractive, but they are very destructive.
“Black lives matter.” Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Of course, we believe black lives matter because they are created in the image of God, as are all of us (Genesis 1:26-27). We all agree that racism is evil. There is only one race and that is the human race. Ultimately, we all have the same parents, we all come from Adam and Eve, through Noah. Black lives do matter.
“Black Lives Matter.” Do you agree or disagree with the organization? There’s a difference between the idea and the group. The group stands for much more than the name implies. Black Lives Matter was started in 2013 in response to separate police shootings of two young black men. BLM came into prominence at that time. It is an extreme attempt to solve the race issue. It is against all racism, but especially in the police force and the legal system. Their commitment is to remove racism by force. They take the truth that all lives matter, which is biblical, and twisted into something completely unbiblical.
“The two co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, claim Marxism as their ideology: ‘We actually do have an ideological frame,’ Cullors said in an interview, ‘Myself and Alicia in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on ideological theory.’” (Quoted in the Washington Times, “The matter of Marxism: Black Lives Matter is rooted in a soulless ideology,” June 29, 2020).
“On their official website, BLM expresses their support of the LGBTQ agenda: “We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We . . . dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk. . . . We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families (Bible of 1 male, 1 female and children) and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children.” (https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe, accessed 6/16/20).
Peaceful protests against racial injustice are appropriate. Rioting, looting and violence against police officers is not. Equality cannot be attained by moving to the opposite extreme. As a result of this movement, reverse discrimination is growing in many places. Instead of equal treatment, minorities are being given preferential treatment. A UCLA professor, Gordon Klein, was suspended because he didn’t give black students an easier final exam than the other students. He felt that would be discrimination in reverse and demeaning to them.
Black lives do matter, but when the solution is Marxism, violence, and an anti-family culture, we cannot support that (Ephesians 2:11-22). God is not color blind. He made everyone different. He started the nations and various ethnicities at Babel. We can’t pretend that there isn’t injustice done to people of other races. Racism is to be rejected, but racial differences are not to be rejected. In truth, we are all one in Jesus. 2 Corinthians 13:11 says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” Revelation 7:9 says: “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”
As Christians, we must apply God’s absolute truth to all areas of life. His truth is that all people do matter. We must treat each and every person the same way we want to be treated. Christians should be at the vanguard of showing love and acceptance to all other people groups. We, who have the love of Jesus, must be showing that to others so the world knows what true love is.
Ask God to show you if there is any prejudice in you against any person or people group. Make that your prayer for the next several days. Confess any sin and ask God to help make your attitude that of Jesus.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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