What Does The Bible Teach About Black Lives Matter? (Part 9)

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What Does The Bible Teach About Black Lives Matter? (Part 9)

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.”

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 DO I ADDRESS THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT IN YOUR CHURCH/FAMILY? 

I will begin by saying that this is a very controversial issue that should be handled with finesse and grace. Next, I would focus on the actual facts, events and references. I find people get into trouble when they begin to offer their own personal opinions. When We present fact and tangible evidence logically it allows the hearer to draw and build their own inferences. Basically, you have made them make a decision without influencing them negatively in any way. So the question remains; How do I address this with my family and church?

I. Have Lessons That Focus On The Facts vs The Fiction

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.”

When we see or hear about the BLM movement we see the bodies of adults demonstrating childish behavior. Why? Mostly due to their perception of reality that they gain from the biased media or word of mouth. All too often, people will blindly follow what someone else of popularity feels strongly about over the actual facts. The perception is that police officers are killers of black men and no citizen, especially black citizen, should trust police officers. This fictitious belief is almost as untrue as the tooth-fairy or even the Easter bunny. If you surf social media and you-tube, one will see more acts of kindness that police officers display than random acts of violence. Families and churches should have small conversations about this issues that are centered on the facts. I will go into this point more in section IV. 

II. Have Lessons About Following The Law Instead Of Validating Lawlessness

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.”

We have all see the lawless behavior of adults in different parts of the country in response to the actions of irresponsible law enforcement officers. However, there are more citizens that are irresponsible than the aforementioned law enforcement officers. So expecting the  police to be perfect when the citizen population isn’t able to display admirable behavior is both biased and unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that citizens made a choice to destroy, riot and lute. This whole movement just gave them a means to do it at that time. They broke the law because they feel as if the officer gave them the go ahead to do so by killing a black person that they deemed innocent. Looking past the death of this person, let’s look at the response. People made a decision to break the laws that were already there  and were already following. If it was right to obey the law before, it is still right to do it even if you don’t feel like it now. Somebody say Amen. To make a long story short, the people that rioted and looted made a choice to act like criminals and be lawless. Taking the time to explain that God demands that we follow and obey the laws of the bible and of the land. If we willingly violate thee laws then it is not only sin but it can also influence others to following defy God as well. 

III. Have Lessons About Faith In Justice Instead Of Feelings About Seeking Vigilante Justice

We continue to see protests about the Black Lives Matter movement and other movements that join in to seek justice for slain black citizens. They boast “the system is a corrupt system that favors white officers.” This is an erroneous statement because more law enforcement officers have be fired or have resigned for doing way less. In fact, many communities will not defend an officer that have been indicted for racial, hate or sexual crimes against communities. Are there communities that do this? Yes, I’m sure that they are out there but for the most part there is a system of checks and balances. I realize that justice is important as a sense of closure but allow the system to work in your favor and not against you. The fact that you don’t see Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton out there in the midst of these protests should say something to the protestors. Is this the right cause to fight? Do they know something that we don’t? In speaking to our families and churches we should address the fact that we need to allow the police and the rest of the judicial system to do their appointed jobs. While they do that, we need to pray that our hearts do not become bitter but learn to completely forgive. However, there is nothing wrong with holding those in power accountable and following up on progress in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. 

IV. Have Lessons About Eternal Rewards vs Emotional Rants 

All of the riots that have occurred since September 2015 have all been, in part, to an out of control emotional rant. The members of these movements have demonstrated an inability to control their tempers, emotions and their own minds. Why? Let’s look at Charlotte, NC. What happened in this city? Rioters have went out in an attempt to destroy, lute and pillage the city because of this officer that killed a black man. What happened? The police that responded in their patrol vehicles were assaulted and their patrol cars were destroyed.  Additionally, there were parts of the city that were destroyed as well. Why? Emotional rants that weren’t controlled. When we speak to our families and our churches we should focus on obeying Jesus Christ and gain eternal rewards instead of temporary victories. So what if you get the attention of decision makers today; how about tomorrow when they have to spend thousands of dollars to clean up your mess. 

Speaking about this to your families and places of worship, one should exercise extreme caution duet it’s potential for emotional disruptions. However, the bible says, “Preach The Word”, and we should not fear to aggressively preach against tough issues in our world because God knows the media is not going to do it. The lost is world seeks someone to let them know that their loved one didn’t die in vain. They want their loved on back because they have no eternal hope. For the Christian we have an eternal that is housed in earthen vessels. We are demanded to act and behave to a higher standard. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about how to address this situation with small children and teenagers. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

 

 

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