Updated: Jun 25
If your a Christian, prepare your heart to receive this message with an open heart. I am not asking you to agree with everything I am saying but I am asking you to posture and prepare your heart for good dialogue. It's important that we all (including myself) are postured to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). So whether you agree or disagree with me - Its important to represent Jesus by yielding to the fruit of the Spirit of God (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Black Lives Matter vs BlackLivesMatter
From the moment I posted the hashtag BlackLivesMatter I received persecution From my Christian brothers. As a Christian I try to live by the word of God and do my best to live (and vote) according to the convictions given to me by the Holy Spirit. Upon looking at what the BlackLivesMatter movement stands for, I can understand why Christians might be hesitant to post anything relating to the organization itself as it definitely has opinions and beliefs that do not line up with the word of God. I also fear that the movement has gained more steam in the political world than it has the humanitarian world. I want to make it clear that as a Christian I am neither Republicans or Democrat and I do not vote based on a party line. I vote according to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and make it a priority to vote for the individuals who line themselves up THE MOST with the word of God. Now that doesn't mean that I agree with the individual I selected 100%. It simple means I have a conviction in my heart to vote for the person that I feel will keep this nation "Under God" the most.
So, my conviction to support and stand up for Black Lives Matter leads me to support a PEOPLE, not a movement. Let me say that again - I do not support the the Established Group that operates under "Black Lives Matter" but I 100% fully support and stand behind my black brothers and sisters who are crying out for justice and re-assuring people that Black Lives DO indeed MATTER!!!! I feel an immense pressure and weight to come to the aide of those who are brokenhearted and crushed in Spirit (Psalm 34:18) because I believe that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). I want to do my best to have a love that “Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7). So yes I support, believe, and stand up for my black brothers and sisters in an effort to eradicate this demonic cult of racism (which does indeed exist all over this nation). Yes, I support the “Black Lives Matter” motto that desires to eradicate racism and provide equal rights and privileges to our black brothers and sisters. Yes, I stand against the injustice being done to our black brothers and sisters and see, hear, and believe that racism does in fact still exist and needs to be eradicated from this nation quickly and swiftly.
Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter
I love to garden and see things grow - and part of gardening is understanding that in order to truly kill something you have to go after the roots. So, let‘s talk about the root of Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. The movement and hashtag of Black Lives Matter started in 2013 AFTER the acquittal of Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It‘s original intention was to come against violence and systemic racism towards black people. Did it quickly turn into something political and turn into a lot more than just that - Yes. But its root was to bring attention to the racial bias and social injustice facing black people in this nation. The All Lives Matter hashtag was a response in criticism of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. It’s original intention was to stress that its not just about “Black Lives” but about all lives. Essentially, its root was to remind the "black lives matter" people that their not the only ones here on this planet. It's root was not to display in love that "ALL LIVES MATTER", but instead was used for the sole purpose of responding to the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
Here is my dilemma with this controversy as a Christian. We are called to love. Love doesn't seek its own. It's not proud or jealous. It has empathy. (1 Corinthians 13) So when a white person (Or anyone really) post, "All lives Matter" it's root establish bitterness to the opposite side. You're not causing the other side to think differently, repent, and or turn from any wicked ways and the reason your not doing that is because the root of the All lives matter motto was not established in love and essentially creates bitterness in those who hear it.
Now I understand that as a Christian our concern is not just for one race (at least it shouldn't be) so for some it could be frustrating to just focus on one race when we believe that God created all equal and God says their is neither Greek nor Jew, slave or free, etc. (Galatians 3:28). I trust that there are people out there who are posting "All Lives Matter" in love and are working and establishing to show love to everyone affected. I know there are cops who are being wrongly accused right now in light of the hatred towards police right now. I know that there are white people who have been falsely accused of being racist when they weren't. I get it. And those situations are real, raw, and tough to handle under the current living conditions, and I would never ask you to IGNORE the lives of others to focus on one.
What I want you to understand is that their are many people who are posting "Black Lives Matter" that also believe that the lives of cops, white people, Latino, Native American, Indian, Hawaiian, and many many others also matter just as much. They don't believe that black people are any more important than any other ethnic group but the fact of the matter is - White people (the majority of America) have never had to deal with the oppression that black people have had to in this nation.
Speaking to people who use "All Lives Matter"
I trust your heart is in the right place. You care about all humanity and for the most part I trust your probably not racist. You want to just paint a picture that you care about everyone. You have white friends, black friends, Mexican friends, friends that are cops, and friends that have different religious beliefs. So to you, its important that you let everyone around you know that their lives matter....I get it....however....(Please hear my heart in this - I hope you know that I come in love)....
Now is not the time to use this slogan. Remember, there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4) From a timing perspective - it's only going to create more division right now. Now is the time to consider Luke 15 and understand what it means to leave the 99 other people and just go after the one.
Again, I am NOT asking you to forget the 99. The intention is to help the one and bring them back to the other 99 and we all live with "Liberty and Justice" for all. I am simply asking you to consider the timing of releasing the word as it might cause our brothers and sisters to think we are insensitive to their need right now.
Speaking to people who use "Black Lives Matter"
Be patient and be consistent. Be patient with people that don't understand whats going on right now. Be consistent in using your voice to call out the enemy and his tactics to divide this nation and suppress and oppress the black community. The word says to expose the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) so keep exposing the darkness and remember that the darkness cannot overcome the light (John 1:5).
Watch out for weeds of bitterness. The enemy is going to do everything he can right now to paint a different narrative for your race right now. You already are seeing this in the riots following George Floyd's death and making it seem like you are lawless. But we know the truth. Your allies know and trust this isnt who you are and what your about. We trust and know that you are indeed against the riots and the lawlessness being displayed in this nation. So don't let people who are posting "All Lives Matter" or saying things against the riots and attributing them to your movement develop weeds of bitterness in your heart. You are better than that. You are called to rise above such matters.
I am a white conservative Christian who feels compelled to help my black borthers and sisters in this nation. Although I don't think I am racist - I do see the need to apologize for not showing compassion towards my black brothers and sisters when they faced oppression throughout their journey here in America. My friends, I dont know what it's like to hear stories from my grandparents about having to drink from a different water fountain, go to a different bathroom, eat from different set of plates all becasue of the color of my skin. I don't know what its like to hear people talking about "the n******" across the street". I dont know what it feels like for people to cross a street because they don't want to be near me simply because my skin color makes them nervous. I don't know what that feels like but the reality is our black brothers and sisters have lived in and through this type of lifestyle for many many years and its time that we as God's children start to bring liberty and justice to our fellow brothers and sisters. We have to do a better job of making them feel important, valued, and appreciated.
Ephesians 4:2-4,26 (TPT) says, "As a prisoner of the Lord,[a] I plead with you to walk holy, in a way that is suitable to your high rank, given to you in your divine calling. 2 With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous[b] love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. 3 Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, 4 being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny." "26 But dont let the passion of your emotions led you to sin. Don't let anger control you or be fuel for revenge, not even for a day."
This is a good reminder to all of us. We are all prisoner's of the Lord. So walk holy lives with tender humility and quiet patience. Be gentle and generous during this time ESPECIALLY towards those who may try your patience and do not allow your passion or anger lead you to sin in any way, shape, or form. I pray this all in Jesus Name. Amen!