*This blog is specifically written towards my brothers/sisters in Christ who support this movement.
Yesterday on twitter, a few of my followers were upset with me because I expressed my concern with Christians who support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Instead of actually hearing me out(like most people do anyway), they allowed their emotions to get involved and misinterpret the point I was trying to get across. Instead of hearing out opposing views, we automatically jump to conclusions and attack when someone is in opposition to the beliefs of the majority. They assumed that because I disagree with the homosexual lifestyle the lives of gays do not matter. They assumed I did not believe that the lives of blacks matter. Why? Because I do not support the BLM organization at all. Here’s why:
Many may not know that the #BlackLivesMatter movement goes beyond fighting for the rights of blacks-and this is where my core issue lies with this movement. A quick read at their guiding principles might leave you in shock. Again, if you’re reading this as a non-believer, you may not see the issue. Here are a few that struck me:
- Queer affirming-“We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.”
- Transgender affirming-“We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”
Aside from the self-centeredness of the organization itself, it promotes sin. BLATANTLY. They intend to free themselves of “heteronormative thinking” when God says clearly, in his word, that those who live a homosexual lifestyle will not inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Corinthians 6:9). Similarly, they desire to place these same people, that don’t obey God’s word, on a pedestal to lead? How can we as Christians not see an issue with this? We all know that homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of God. We should encourage our loved ones to walk away from this lifestyle-not encourage it! Unfortunately, this is exactly what the BLM movement is doing. I’ve had people attack me and say “Don’t their lives matter too though? Just because they’re gay doesn’t mean their lives don’t matter.” Not once have I said that the lives of gays did not matter. My point focuses solely on the fact that they PROMOTE sin. The way to show love is to rebuke, not encourage our loved ones to remain in sin(Proverbs 27:6). I refuse to stand for an organization that stands for sin.
1 Corinthians 6:9 “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality”
Let’s say, for example, that the NAACP(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) fought for the rights of blacks, but were also in favor of the killings of innocent Christians in ISIS. Would you still support the NAACP even though they are for and also against what you believe in? Sure, they want you to have equality in relation to the color of your skin, but what about them violating your Christian values? Does the bible not speak of murder? How is this scenario any different from Christians supporting #BlackLivesMatter? Honestly, I was never in favor of the BLM even before I was saved because I felt it was just unnecessary and placed too much emphasis on the rights of blacks as a whole. Do I believe there has ever been injustice with blacks? Yes. Do I believe police brutality can happen/has happened before? yes. Do I believe every killing over the past few years was an act of police brutality? No. Only those cases were there was, in my opinion, enough evidence to deem it so.
One of my twitter followers tweeted something very frank but truthful: “Yall have to stop reacting to every news headline that involves a person who was killed for seemingly no reason”. I can’t say she has the same reason I have for believing that, but I know why I do: 1. Most of the time, these killings don’t give us enough evidence to *fully* say whether or not these are full-blown acts of racism(note I did say fully, so I can’t say whether or not they are). 2. It takes us away from spreading the good news of JESUS CHRIST-the gospel! This is what we should be ranting about. Not #BlackLivesMatters, #ChristianLivesMatter, or anything else. Yes, black lives do matter. Also, white lives, asian lives, hispanic lives, and whoever else. In the end, in the eyes of Christ, we’re all one.(Galatians 3:28).
Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Going back to my example of the Christians being killed in ISIS- Of COURSE I feel sympathy for their lives being taken, but this is no surprise. The bible mentions his sheep being persecuted and hated for Jesus’ sake. And although I disagreed with their lifestyle, I was sickened by the shooting of the gays in Orlando. However, this shouldn’t distract us from continuing teaching the gospel.
Do you HAVE to support #BlackLivesMatter in order to believe Black Lives Matter? Should you ignore the obvious sin this organization promotes just because you agree with a certain part of it? Here’s my advice: If you want to speak up for the rights of blacks-do that ON YOUR OWN-NOT WITH BLM. You don’t have to be a part of a sinful movement to do that. This reminds me of Christians wanting to join fraternities/sororities in order to do community service when a lot of the things you do within these frats/sorors can be done by not being unequally yoked in a brotherhood/sisterhood with other unbelievers. We’ll save that conversation for a better day.
In the end, our focal point should be on Jesus. #BlackLivesMatter will not end racism. #BlackLivesMatter will not stop cops from killing blacks or even blacks from killing blacks. It won’t stop bad things from happening. But if we could exhort the same energy we put into the things of this world and focus on spreading the good news and building more disciples, THEN the world just might be a better place for all. How great would it be if we, as Christians, instead of screaming “Black Lives Matter” screamed “Don’t worry about what’s going on in this world. This world will pass away. Jesus has given us hope. If you let Jesus in, all your worries and anxieties can be placed on him because he loves you” instead? Our lives should revolve around the gospel of Jesus Christ. When it gets to a point where you’re screaming “Black Lives Matter! No Justice, No Peace!” more than “Repent and believe the gospel. Jesus is coming soon!” you must remind yourself the reason you’ve truly become a disciple in the first place. We’re suppose to be set apart from others. Let’s not get so caught up with the trials, injustice, and other things of this world that we forget to remind people that there is a painless life, love, and hope in the next life to come.