All Lives Matter. Period.

A Prayer

Lord, please help me. Help me, dear God, to say, or rather write, something profitable, something worth reading on this most difficult topic of race.

I need wisdom. I need guidance. May my words contribute to healing, not hate.

 

My Thoughts

I have not been writing as much as I would like, but I felt it necessary to take a few moments to address the whole idea around the rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter.”

Folks, being that I am not black, brown, or transgender (somehow gender has been added to the mix – just check out the website), I admit there are things I don’t understand. But there is one thing I do understand, and my race has nothing to do with this truth: ALL lives matter, not just ones with a particular color or sexual preference.

Let me reiterate. ALL LIVES MATTER.

Yes, I said it, and I will not back down. Why? Because to do so would be un-biblical and un-Christlike. Regardless how one might want to politicize the issue, as a follower of Jesus, as one who believes God made all mankind in His image, I must stand firmly on Truth, not catchphrases.

Racism is wrong. Bigotry is wrong. And taking a statement that excludes the inherent value of all human life as your mantra is also wrong.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I would not have agreed on several things, particularly in areas of theology and what is called the “social gospel.” Nevertheless, I believe Dr. King and I would have seen eye-to-eye regarding the “Black Lives Matter” thing. He would have said, “NO! NO! NO!” to all the violence and hatred. I believe he would be heartbroken at all the calls for unrest. He would certainly be ashamed of those who have used race as a tool for their own gain. Was it not Dr. King who envisioned a “color-blind” society?

If a person can’t say that “all lives matter” in public without being condemned, without being forced to apologize, then what does that say about the lives of others? What about my family? What about the Asian family down the road? Or the Indian woman that walks down the street with her husband and son? What about the Native American?

I guess one could argue the phrase is only meant to bring attention to the plight of the black community in America. One could also argue that by saying “all lives matter” one is, in a way, saying racism in America doesn’t exist. Possibly. But that’s a matter of opinion.

The truth is that black lives do matter, but so do white lives, brown lives, yellow lives, and red lives; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. The proof was when Jesus offered Himself as a ransom so that every tribe and nation could be reconciled with God.

By the way, the majority of aborted babies are black. Do their lives matter? Jesus loves them, too.

All lives matter. Period.


UPDATE: This post has done nothing but depress me.  I regret writing it. 

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20 responses to “All Lives Matter. Period.

  1. I have issues with your post. First, when you say all lives matter, it is true. Unfortunately, “all lives” are not equal. Have you not seen the brutality and abuse of power going on in America against minorities? The Black Lives Matter movement is not to say Blacks are more important than others. It’s to say Blacks want equal rights too. Would you like to go up to Sandra Bland’s mother and say, “Let me correct you. All lives matter.” How inconsiderate. Black Lives Matter is a response to systemic racism and brutality. Furthermore, what was the point of mentioning aborted Black babies??? You want to be “color blind,” but then you mention Black babies. Ignorance.

    • I am very grateful, Cara, for your comment. Seriously. What is dialogue without people from different sides coming together to talk, right? So, again, thank you for commenting.

      Let me first say that I would never, ever, go up to anyone and intentionally say something to hurt them. I would never say, “Let me correct you…” to a grieving mother. No, as a pastor, I would focus more on eternal things, not race.

      Now, I understand where you are coming from when you say that Black Lives Matter is a response to something. I just question the response.

      The other thing that you mentioned was my comments on “black babies.” The purpose of bringing color into the conversation was precisely because of the saying, Black Lives Matter. Don’t you understand? Why do you call me ignorant? The black community, if anybody, should be crying out in anger over the disproportionate numbers of black infants killed in the womb! Abortion is racist, Cara! For every 1,000 African-American births, there are 501 abortions!! Compare that to white women who’s number is only 138! THAT is why I brought up the “black baby” point. If black lives truly matter, then the black community needs to quit being silent on the issue of abortion.

      Cara, I would like for you to take a look at the information contained in the article to which I am linking. I do not deny that there are racists out there, but the biggest one of all was probably Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. http://www.abort73.com/abortion/abortion_and_race/

      God bless you, Cara. I hope we can be friends.

      • You “question the response?” What don’t you understand? As far as abortion goes, not everyone sees abortion as a sin. That’s a moral issue and is perfectly legal. Police brutality and murder are not legal.

      • Well, Cara, from where do you derive your basis for what is right and wrong? Are murder and brutality not “moral” issues? And, following your logic, if it is legal does that make it OK?

      • murder and brutality are illegal. Abortion is legal. The problem comes in when you try to push your religious beliefs unto others. Not everyone is Christian. Not everyone believes abortion is wrong. If you are on a Christian crusade to stop abortions, then more power to you. But trying to bring down Black Lives Matter movement because of abortions is ridiculous… and ignorant.

      • Cara, do you know what an “ad hominem” attack is? The more you call me “ignorant,” the more your argument heads in that direction. There is no reason to question my intelligence or how informed I am – however you choose to apply the term. That being said, you never answered my question. From where do you derive your standard for what is right and wrong? Do you have a moral foundation that transcends what is legal and illegal? Slavery was legal at one point, remember. It still is in many places around the world. Does that make it OK? I hope not. If not, why not? What makes one life worth saving? Just another person’s opinion? You see, the whole “legal vs. illegal” argument doesn’t answer the question of foundational morality (or ethics, if that makes you more comfortable).

        On a side note, I am not pushing my beliefs on you with regard to abortion. I just find it totally ironic that I am calling for the recognition of ALL black lives, and yet you are shooting me down. There is a true genocide happening at Planned Parenthood facilities all across the nation, and yet you seem to want to turn a blind eye. That is sad.

      • Anthony, “ignorant” simply means lack of knowledge. “Intelligence” is different. When I call you ignorant, it’s because you don’t have a clue about Black issues. Yet, you want to tell the Black community what they “should do.” You claim to be a pastor. I hope to GOD you don’t tell the Black people in your church (if there is any) that “all lives matter.” So inconsiderate. You do understand that when you say that you disregard or erase the plight that Black people are facing today?

      • Cara, I am not trying to erase anything! What I am trying to address is the way the issue is being voiced. Believe it or not, there are black people in my church. Believe it or not, there are black people who believe “all” lives matter, and that is why they are seeking racial reconciliation and harmony. The phrase of the movement has taken on a life of its own, and it is beginning to have a negative effect, especially when it is shouted by blacks who are as racist as any KKK clansman ever was. I mean, when you have people running around calling for a black America, advocating killing white people on the street, etc., “Black Lives Matter” sorta rings hollow.

        Oh, and I’m glad you and I are on the same page with “ignorant” definitions.

        But, you know what, Cara? The Bible was the basis on which the abolitionist movement began. It was precisely because people saw the truth in God’s Word, not a distortion, that led to the call that ALL men/women should be treated equally. So, if anything, it is the Christian belief in the sacredness of all human life that is the foundation of human dignity.

        I will ask again, do you have a foundation on which to rest your beliefs? On what do you base your understanding of right and wrong? If you don’t believe in God, the Bible, or Christianity, then from where do you get the idea that any life is sacred? Are we all just animals?

      • Smh… I have never seen anything like that with Black Lives Matter. Never. You would have to show me proof of that.

      • I am now visiting some people at the hospital. I can’t get back to you at the moment. But later I will try to send some links to you. Other than that, just scroll through Facebook.

      • By the way, are you familiar with the Black Lives Matter website (I linked to it in my post)? Do you subscribe to their beliefs? It would seem, just by casual observation, that this is a revival of the Black Panther movement – raised fists and all.

        I’m sitting in an emergency waiting room right now without a real computer and just a thumb to type with.

      • (From the article I linked earlier)

        Alveda C. King, daughter of slain civil-rights leader A.D. King and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., quotes her uncle often when outlining her opposition of abortion. She writes:

        [Martin Luther King, Jr.] once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” How can the “Dream” survive if we murder the children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate.

      • Once again, what you say is subjective. It depends on when you think life begins, which everyone does not agree on.

      • Yes. But too often that “subjectivity” is not based on science or logic, only convenience.

  2. Melissa

    Sometimes I am limited in what I say due to the nature of my profession but let me say this, we have to be careful of how we gauge things. I am not black and will never know what it feels like. I have however represented over the years may different kinds of people. My African American clients would always tell me I will never understand what it feels like to be them, and I told them yes that’s true, but I will do my best as a human being to make sure you matter, because you matter to me. Sometimes it is just being sensitive with hearts open to the words of those we will never be. Isn’t that what empathy is? Biblically of course you are right ALL lives matter, but take the phrase in context. Just sharing my heart and experience.

    • I cannot disagree. I just wish that the argument could be elevated beyond color, to the essence of humanity.

      • Melissa

        We have to meet people where they’re at and acknowledge them there. That more than anything shows them the love of Christ. I have learned that more than anything else in my many years in the system. People want to know they matter. Those words look different to different people. Ask any black mother how they feel about protecting their black sons. It is a harsh reality we have to acknowledge so that we can move forward in the conversation. Without acknowledging it first, we will never move ahead. Tell a black mother her black sons life matters. It is important and needed. People are hurting. Let us be the shining light we need to be. Hope you take these words in love because they are straight from my heart. Love to you Pastor

      • And this is so frustrating. The mother’s son does matter! But not because he’s simply black; because he’s a child of God. I’ll probably just erase the post. I’m white, so I won’t be understood.

      • Melissa

        Don’t erase the post. Just maybe think about it these things that’s all. I’ve learned so much from all of the various clients I’ve had. Even now representing law enforcement I’m learning. Just look at it and maybe ponder these things in your heart. 🙂

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