Monday, June 8, 2020

Do Black Lives Matter?

As hard as the past couple of weeks has been, I truly believe there is also reason for hope. I have never seen an event as horrible as George Floyd’s death unite so many Americans. As far as I have experienced, the call for justice and change is nearly universal, irrespective of class, race, religion, or politics, and we will be blessed for it. In Matthew 5, the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted...God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”

Jesus also says in verse 9, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Christians are supposed to be peacemakers. Love not hate. Peace not violence is what Christ teaches. Please do not misunderstand me. Righteous anger is real, and it is biblical. However, we must be careful that our anger does not lead us into sin. Sadly, I have been concerned about that over the last thirteen days. Too many people seem to be calling for justifying hate. Suddenly, hate is not a bad thing, as long as you hate the right people of course. God warns us about that in Ephesians 4:26-27, “‘…don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Just as Darth Vader encouraged Luke to give in to the dark side, Satan loves anger. It is fertile soil for him. It leads people to the dark side, as we rationalize things we say or do, which we would never normally say or do.

God tells us in Romans 12:21, “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” We conquer the evil of prejudice by doing good. By changing whatever laws and systems, we can to create a more just society for everyone. By sharing to gospel, because only God can change hearts and our nation will not change until hearts have been changed.

My heart breaks to hear of anyone who cannot agree black lives matter. I believe black lives matter! However, I believe black lives matter inside the womb as well as outside. Did you know in 1982, 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California? Of those children, African-American leader, Erma Clardy Craven noted some 12-15,000 of them were black. To me, that is called genocide. The righteous anger about George Floyd’s death is absolutely justifiable. I am simply wondering how can we march in the streets proclaiming black lives matter when on average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States?

Do black lives matter? Of course they do! How is that even still a question?


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