Black Lives Matter
Let me at this point in this message tell you that I believe that black lives matter. Latoya and Wendal, Aleyia, Markel and Omari’s lives matter, as well as all the other African-American lives in our congregation and those of this community in which we live. Our mayor is an African-American and “son-in-love” of our own Kay Herbster and Mayor Roberts matters.
All African-American lives matter. But, so do all lives both born and those in the womb, they matter, no matter what color their skin. There are no lives that don’t matter, including the lives of our law enforcement officers, just like our Sheriff Chad McBride.
But, I will not stand with the Black Lives Matter movement! Let me give you several reasons why not. As a Christian I can not support:
1. An organization that is fully vetted in the “LGBTQIA+ movement.” (BLM) “fosters a queer-affirming network. The intention was based freeing themselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual.” (BLM)
As one who believes in the nuclear family described in the Scriptures as God’s plan for humans, I disagree with the group; “BLM wants to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” (BLM)
2. The ideology of the BLM was based upon their founders beliefs in their kind of training they received, the ideology based training of Marxism. (BLM)
3. It is hard to follow this organization and others who do not recognize true use of statistics regarding racial incarcerations, homicide and police involved deaths of African-Americans. The premise they stand on isn’t true. “I hate racism. And I hate when it’s used as a political weapon. According to the FBI’s latest homicide statistics, I’m 11 times more likely to be killed by someone of my own brown complexion than a white person. Also, a comprehensive 2019 study concluded: “White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.” Every loss of life is tragic, but Washington Post’s database on police-involved deaths puts things into further context. In 2020, among those killed were (all males): 2 Native Americans, 9 Asians, 46 Hispanics, 76 blacks, 149 unlabeled individuals and 149 whites (whose deaths don’t get reported by national mainstream media). Only nine black individuals were actually unarmed.” (Ryan Bomberger, African-American, is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation.)
“There is no “epidemic” of racist cops killing black suspects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, police killings of blacks declined almost 80% from the late ’60s through the 2010s, while police killings of whites have flatlined. Meanwhile, in 2017, according to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports, non-Hispanic blacks were eight times more likely to be a victim of a homicide (homicide death rate: 23.2 per 100,000) than non-Hispanic whites (homicide death rate: 2.9 per 100,000).”
4. Not all Black lives matter. “Pro-abortion BLMF declared: “We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice [aka abortion] that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive.” Aborted children don’t thrive. BLM groups announced “solidarity” with “reproductive justice” groups back in February 2015. You cannot simultaneously fight violence while celebrating it.” (Ryan Bomberger)
5. They are anti-capitalism. “We are anti-capitalist. We believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.” (BLM) I believe that is a lie and that the only place where any person, particularly a black person, can truly have financial independence is under the capitalistic system of living.
6. The last thought is, I can’t support BLM because I don’t think that there is much about Christianity that resides in its ideas or fundamental concepts. These are somethings the scriptures teach that are not a real part of their thoughts: loving your brother as yourself, forgiving others their sin or mistakes, and living by the precepts of the Holy Scriptures, both the Old Testament and New Testament. The divine documents say that God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, is the sovereign God over all and that His plans are working out for our good. It is written that one day Jesus, who came to save the sinner from their sin, dying for all men and being buried and then rising from the grave, will return and take those who have acknowledged who He is to heaven with Him. There are few things in the Black Live Matter that match what the Bible calls to live by under the guidance and direction of the Lord God.
Once again, I do believe that all lives matter but when a life is being threatened daily because of one’s race, then there needs to be better justice for all black Americans. Having lived in the Southwest, I know that prejudice and racism doesn’t just live in the South or North, Midwest, far West or Northeast it is everywhere and there is always someone who is of another race that is marginalized because of the color of their skin. I hate that and I would strive to remind all people, and if necessary to the law enforcement family, to remember that ALL people have rights as American’s citizens, and all people should be treated the same under the law.