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Hey friends! I’ve been wanting to write to you in regards to this topic for some time – but it is such a dense topic. I did not want to come into this blog hastily or without prayer and meditation on Scripture. As it says in James 1, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” In my writing to you today, I have been quick to hear – as many things and as many ‘angles’ as I could – as well as slow to speak. Let me start this off by saying two things. Firstly, racism is still alive in this country. Secondly, Christians need to know how to respond to this in a loving, yet wise way (what we will get into).
I want to start with an experience that I have been lucky enough to experience twice: going to slave castles in Ghana, West Africa. I was able to experience the very locations where European men would capture African people and hold them before shipping them to the U.S.A. for sale. They would explain what rooms were used for, how many they’d hold in a single room, what the living conditions were like and much more. It was disgusting, it was vile, it showed me the depravity of mankind. But you know what shocked me the most? What perhaps hurt me the most? A Protestant Church was built right in the dead center of the court yard. They would “worship” “god” and then resume their labor of slave trade. As a Christian, I was sickened. Surely they didn’t serve the same God that I did.
Last year I came across a song by a Christian Rapper that reminded me of the castles in Africa. “White Jesus killed my people and enslaved us, they turned around and said that He’s our Savior… White Jesus ain’t gonna like my next statement: THAT WHITE JESUS THAT YOU WORSHIP IS A RACIST.” (If you would like to hear the whole song, you can follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlePt0hiWaI) I strongly recommend the song. I will reiterate from earlier, I absolutely believe we have a racism problem in the states.
Let me briefly tell you, I will not be covering Police brutality or what happened with George Floyd in this article. We all (should) know what happened and feel disheartened at the state of our corrupt world we live in. This world has a lot of bad, and we need to fix it.
This is where I need to make a clear and obvious statement – from this moment forward, I am writing as if you are reading this as a Christian. If you are not, please understand that I want you to read – but I hold no accountability to what I’m about to say – you are in a different situation then my general targeted audience. Most of what I say from hear on out is in regards to a Christian’s role and response to BLM and the current state of our nation. If you are atheist, or agnostic, I hope you read on and hopefully you can agree with the sentiment and learn something as well.
Christians, the BLM Organization (not “Black Lives Matter”, the statement) is not a move that is orchestrated by the Kingdom of Light. If you are Pro-Life, then you cannot support the BLM Organization. I listened to a YouTube video and John Van Maren said, “Know the leaders of a bandwagon before jumping on to the bandwagon.” We all know the Devil comes to kill, steal and destroy – that is what BLM stands for in its ‘pursuit’ of justice. I absolutely believe we have systematic racism (some Christians may not agree with me on this, but let’s move together) in our Country. I absolutely believe black lives matter. But I cannot and will not support the BLM, knowing they are looting, destroying, hurting/abusing and killing people in their way. In John 10:10 it says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Christians, Romans 13 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” If you are Anti-Trump, I am not here to tell you to love him, but I am here to tell you that God put (at a minimum, allowed) him into office. It continues in saying, “For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” We should honor and respect our current leadership – that doesn’t mean you have to agree with them, but you need to honor them and pray for God to have His way. As of now, Trump is highly opposed to BLM (reminder, we are discussing the Organization). Christians need to stop labeling any Trump supporter a racist – because every single person I know who is against BLM is against the Organization, not the statement.
I digress as I move on, please read these next 5 points with an open-mind and at the end, tell me your thoughts.
5 Points for BLM vs. ALM
1. We live in a fallen world, is not everything around us proof of that?
Our nation is divided but more importantly, the Church is divided. Christ has some words about this very topic in Matthew 12:22, “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.’” This is not a battle of Democrat vs. Republican – this is a grand stage of TOTAL DEPRAVITY. ‘Good’ cops? Depraved. ‘Good’ BLM supporters? Still depraved. Our nation? Depraved. This world kind of sucks and no one is good (note Romans 3:10). Democrats are not the Kingdom of Light. And yes my friends, even Republicans are not the Kingdom of Light! Is not our current situation shouting that we live in a fallen world?!
2. A Divided Kingdom will fall, so…
Stop dividing yourselves. Stop being that Christian who is a social justice warrior before a Disciple of Christ. Stop being the sassy Republican before being the Disciple of Christ. Stop being a “Karen” and start being a CHRISTIAN. American Christianity would rather cling to their Elephants and Donkeys than cling to Christ. In John 13 it says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Right now, our nation is divided into two – and it is (essentially) Democrat vs. Republican. Pro-BLM vs. Pro-ALM. Pro-Abortion vs. Pro-Life. Can we agree on something? If you are a Christian and you disagree with me – don’t block me, don’t scoff me, don’t @ me, don’t hate me – reach out to me one-on-one (Note the Bible: Matthew 18:15) and let’s have a closed-door discussion as to reach a better understanding of one another. I’m so sick and tired of Social Media filled with Christians bashing other Christians. All because they disagree on something! I have a friend who is doing his due diligence with BLM and cannot support it – he engages so many people in civil discussion and every one challenges each other’s thinking. I enjoy reading his posts and the comments that follow. Sometimes he’ll get a heated responder and then they’ll go on to block him. This solves NOTHING. I loved his YouTube video he posted, essentially saying we need to find better ways to communicate and find resolution. I love something he said (and I word from memory here), “If you disagree with me, don’t block me or unfriend me – don’t say rude names, that only furthers the divide and pushes us further away from a solution.” I agree my friend, we need to show love – especially to one another! If I had not already experienced God for myself, I would have left this faith a long time ago. Us Christians give God a terrible name and I’m sick of it (myself included at times).
3. Black Lives do matter so…
Many of my conservative friends want to use this time to discuss abortion rates in the black community or black on black crime. If you were following the idea of Black Lives Matter, then this is a great time to discuss those things! But, that isn’t what BLM stands for – they are fighting police brutality and systematic racism. What do Christians fight for? We can fight for all of those listed above: saving unborn lives, reducing crime, reducing police brutality and systematic racism. But, if we don’t preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while we are at it – what is the point? As a Christian, I know we live in a fallen world and I want to help the widow and the orphan. I want to help those without a voice. But if I do it in the name of social justice, then I’m not doing it unto God. If I’m feeding a man and sending him on his way, I’m not telling him about the best thing I know: Jesus, then I am missing the mark. To put it simply, a Christians motto should be Black Lives do matter, so I will tell them about Jesus. You love them enough to put a hashtag #BLM, but do you love them enough to tell them about Jesus? You love them enough to “get after” that conservative Christian who says “All Lives Matter” but do you love them enough to tell them that if they die, they would go to hell? You love them enough to do some things, which I applaud. But you don’t love them enough to do the only thing that matters: share Jesus Christ.
4. All Lives do matter so…
The same goes for all our “All Lives Matter” troop. All lives do, in fact, matter – so preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tell them about His love for them. Tell them how Adam decided the fate for all of mankind, we all are born sinners who love to sin and want nothing but to sin. Tell them how there is a creator who made all of this possible and created a redemption plan through His Son, Jesus Christ. Tell them that He loved each life so much, that He gave His only Son to pay the price of sin. So now, rather than paying for the penalty of Adam, we have received unwarranted grace to be forgiven – and receive eternal life. Oh no? You just want to post a few BLM shots on Facebook? Okay cool. I guess that is what being a Disciple of Christ is all about, right? Come on. We’re so quick to post things on Facebook and then one week later, learn something new and look like complete idiots. Remember, be SLOW to SPEAK. You know why? Because we are human and we are dumb. We need to talk to God before we speak on such sensitive and touchy matters (note Colossians 4:5-6, one of my all time favorite passages). If all lives matter why have you had the same family and friends for the past 15 years who you yet to tell the gospel to? All lives do matter, but we sure act like only our own life matters. All lives matter, so tell them about Jesus Christ.
5. In Conclusion
I want to end with some encouragement. Christians are rising up in this time. You won’t see it on CNN or nearly any news source - but there are brave Christians who are willing to go out during the riots and preach Jesus Christ. People are worshiping in the streets! People are on their knees praying for peace in our country during these riots. Realize that nearly every single news source has an agenda, whether “left” or “right” leaning, it is not Christ-Leaning. Be very careful about what news you are taking in and what lies you are forwarding on. Be very careful to talk with God before jumping to any conclusions about anything. Stop dividing the church. I’m going to be honest, as long as someone is saying, “let me tell you about Jesus…” we hold hope.
I hope we can agree that the name calling, the belittling and condescending attitudes will get us no where. I hope we can agree that telling people about Jesus is more important than anything else. I hope we can agree that Christ told us to love one another, so we should not be vying for a fight, but looking for an opportunity to share Christ. I leave you with this from Romans 13, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime.. put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.”
Think on it.
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