What Does The Bible Teach About Black Lives Matter? (Part 1)
II Timothy 4:1-5
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
People have forgotten that God created mankind to serve and worship Him as we bring Him pleasure with our lives. Sin has created a type of amnesia for God. We see this as early as the Garden of Eden when Adam hid from God whom is everywhere. In his sin amnesia, he forgot that he is unable to hide from God. We have all adopted that mindset from Adam and for that cause we all have a sin nature as recorded in Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” So according to the bible, we have a perpetual desire to increase in ungodliness in our quest to be our own god.
The Black Lives Matter Movement is a movement that has been recently brought to the surface to assist in granting equality to all blacks and their freedom, pursuit to life liberty and justice. However, many people fail to do their research about this institution and blindly follow it. In doing research I have discovered that this organization is against the principles in the bible and promotes a “Sodom and Gomorrah” culture. I will share what they teach and how it lines up with biblical teachings. Join us as we tackle a very controversial subject; what the bible teaches about The Black Lives Matter Movement.
Disclaimer: In my research, I will share direct quotes from the website of the black lives matter movement and passages from the King James Version of The Bible. I make no apologies for my views and my Christian heritage and background. My intent is to give the facts about this institution and allow the readers to draw their own conclusions and inferences from there. Any opinions or statements aren’t intended to cause damage to this institution but to “as they indicate” raise public awareness.”
WHAT IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?
Black Lives Matter, according to their website, is “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” The site goes on to give their principles information about their leaders as well as events and local “BLM” chapter locations.
The idea of “BLM” for short, is a very novel idea and I personally commend their desire to see and seek change in an oppressive world. However, their stand isn’t the final authority. God’s Word is the final authority and He is the only person that can change the oppressiveness in the black community and in the world. So let look at a few of their foundational beliefs:
I. Guiding Principle Number 1 (DIVERSITY) “We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.” What I find particularly odd about this statement is that members of this movement openly fight against officers of the law and those that disagree with their points of view. Someone apparently, a supporter for the “BLM” movement yelled “black lives matter” during a moment of silence at a National Peace Officer’s Memorial. Does this celebrate Diversity? The commonality is that these fallen officers are human being, which are incidentally what the “BLM” members are as well. Matthew 5:43-45 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” In their quest to make black lives matter they forget God’s point of view for people of all races. This is Christianity 101! If one forgets this principle then they reject God ignorantly or overtly. Either way, there is a serious spiritual problem!
II. Guiding Principle Number 2 (RESTORATIVE JUSTICE) “We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.” A protest in a park was peaceful, the mayor said, and the rioting downtown was from a small group of agitators, the mayor said. Gov. Pat McCrory said the state is sending more troopers from the highway patrol to Charlotte. “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated,” he said in a statement. Many rioters and protesters dispersed after police fired tear gas before 11 p.m. ET. Some apparently turned over trash cans and set the contents on fire. A few windows in at least one store were broken and one had “black lives matters” spray-painted on it. Does this celebrate Restorative Justice? This simply seems similar to the marking and branding associated with gang activity. Could it have been someone that used the “BLM” brand wrongly, we do not know and may never know. Matthew 23:24-26 “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” Reputable organizations will not respect the “BLM” brand until it begins to promote “Non-Violence” within its ranks.
III. Guiding Principle Number 3 (UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK) “We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.” A protest in a park was peaceful, the mayor said, and the rioting downtown was from a small group of agitators, the mayor said. Gov. Pat McCrory said the state is sending more troopers from the highway patrol to Charlotte. “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated,” he said in a statement. Many rioters and protesters dispersed after police fired tear gas before 11 p.m. ET. Some apparently turned over trash cans and set the contents on fire. A few windows in at least one store were broken and one had “black lives matters” spray-painted on it. Since “BLM” promotes the Unapologetically Black principle, then the aforementioned in point number two was done on purpose! If this is the case, which their own statement dictates this, then the person that “branded” the store with the broken windows did it on purpose and had no remorse for doing it. Psalms 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Being “Black” isn’t a license to disrespect, destroy and devastate the safety and personal property of others. That has the same connotation as a child throwing a temper tantrum. God wants us to be a person that others see Him in you. We should praise God because we fearfully and wonderfully made. However, “Blacks” shouldn’t flaunt it in the faces of others as if the world owes “Blacks” something. Fear God, Praise God, Love Others and Respect Authority and you will gain all the respect that you could ever need and want.
I am not opposed to the principles of helping others from oppression and the wrongful use or abuse of power. However, when the very institution that is supposed to promote peaceful protests both condones and does nothing to police it’s ranks against those that violate it’s principles; what type of message does that send? In tomorrow’s devotional, we will discuss how BLM promotes and condones a homosexual environment and agenda based on it’s own principles. Pray for our ministry as address this giant with scripture. As Paul said “Preach The Word”! Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.