What Does The Bible Teach About Black Lives Matter? (Part 8)
I Corinthians 13:4-13
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
In our last few series devotionals, we spoke about the guiding principles of the “Black Lives Matter” or BLM movement. Those principles previously mentioned were the foundational guide lines that shaped the BLM movement. However, we see that this movement doesn’t even abide by it’s own principles so it is very hard to even see the logic.
When we see that this movement fails to abide by their own principles, we understand and interpret this as an unlikelihood that they will adhere to the voices of others. So what do we do about this movement and how do we address these protestors? We will talk about ways that we can address their inability to respect others and how to positively reach these protestors.
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.”
HOW TO ADDRESS THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MEMBERS?
I. Before we begin to address the members of this movement we must first know what it is that they are protesting. Here are the issues that they seek to address before people, politicians and political powers:
A. The deaths of blacks at the hands of law enforcement officers
So this is the largest issue that BLMers protest! heir argument is that police officers, mostly white police officers, kill black people for no reason. In response to this point I show these protesters the hard evidence. 90% of these deceased citizens were in the midst of criminal activities. However, the BLMers seem to ONLY see that a police officer, a white police officer killed a black man. They fail t0 see that this black man presented themselves as suspects to a crime and then either resisted arrest or became violent with the officer.
When one presents this evidence the BLMers became upset and then protest that the lives of black people matter. They then proceed to attack any and all people that aren’t in agreement with their ideas and seemingly side with the police. They will begin to become violent and verbally aggressive towards those that either ignore their belief or rebut their beliefs. This is the fodder for an inappropriate verbal confrontation that crosses the line of race and respect. The BLMers then demand that one gives in to their mode of thinking or they will cause riots, destruction or bodily harm.
Our text tells us:“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; What does this mean?
- “Charity suffereth long” – This means that charity or love endures through tough times.
- “and is kind” – This means that charity or love treats people just like they would want to be treated if not better.
- “charity envieth not;” – This means that charity or love does not see what another person has and seeks to have it for themselves.
- “charity vaunteth not itself,” – This means that charity or love does not boast or bring tons of attention to itself.
- “is not puffed up,” – This means that charity or love does not show pride or makes everything all about themselves. They seek the betterment of others above themselves.
- “Doth not behave itself unseemly,” – This means that charity or love does not act childish or throws tantrums. This has the mentality of showing maturity.
- “seeketh not her own” – This means that charity or love does not act in a manner that makes them look like the hero and other seem like the villain.
- “is not easily provoked” – This means that charity or love does not get angry because it is not the center of attention or if others aren’t in agreement with what is the popular opinion or fad.
- “thinketh no evil;” – This means that charity or love does not devise, plan, think or even carry out ideas that can be seen as wrong or evil. This also means that one does not act in a manner that scares or hurts others.
It is very difficult to speak to people that have no desire to follow after things that are right or even logical. This whole thing that black lives matter more than any other race, that police officers should NOT interfere with black people even when they recommitting crimes. The bible is the only way that we can confront people in this movement without seeming like you are against their cause. Jesus is the only one that can fix this whole situation. In tomorrow devotional we will discuss the next way to deal with members of this movement. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.