Racism is something every believer should fight. It goes contrary to the Gospel message and the explicit declaration of the Bible that we should not see ourselves as superior to anyone since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Phil. 2.3; Rom. 3.23). It is for this reason when I first heard the phrase, “Black lives matter” my initial reaction was “Absolutely!”
Black Lives Matter was a phrase that I saw as supporting a group of people that had been marginalized by years of racism. If others would not stand and declare injustice against a group of people, I would. Yet, this is not at all what BLM stands for in our present time. The war cry of this movement has become a smokescreen for anti-God, anti-Bible, and racist agendas that many within the Church still don’t see.
What BLM Stands For
On the website BlackLivesMatter.com, BLM paints a picture of standing for people that are marginalized and fighting white supremacy. Once again, this is something that all believers should be willing to back. The major problem with BLM’s mission is that it is a false flag that is flown in order to hide social issues that don’t have to do with racism. Since BLM uses racism as their front, anyone who disagrees with the organization is instantly labeled a racist making any concerns about the organization get lost in a sea of labels like “racist”, “white supremacist“, “bigot” and for those who are black and dare to oppose BLM, “race traitors” and a host of other slurs.
BLM and the Family
BLM openly says they want to “disrupt the nuclear family.” BlackLivesMatter.com states:
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered…
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
BLM attempts to lift up black women by attacking what they perceive to be injustice: two-parent families. The above statement is nothing short of manipulative as anyone who questions it is seen as misogynist and oppressive. Did you notice what role is never explicitly mentioned or supported? Fathers. BLM is attempting to tear down the family unit that has been structured by God and do away with the role of a husband and father. This is not only an attack on fathers outside the black community, it is an attack on black fathers as well!
In a recent tweet, Rick Caldwell stated:
BLM’s godless Marxist vision of the family is predicated on the idea that the nuclear family perpetuates class inequality through the transfer of private property through inheritance. The “villages” are nothing more than a transitional step towards complete state control.
The biblically structured family has been under attack in America for quite some time. According to the data center for Kids Count, in 2018 65% of black/African American children were in single-parent homes. It should quickly be noted that Hispanics have a 41% percent single-parent home statistic and Caucasian a 35% rate. Once again, this is not about race: BLM wants to cripple the family structure by making fatherlessness preferential to society. The single parent crisis taking place in the U.S. has touched all of society and is due to a lack of biblical morals.
As Christians, we should continue to voice the biblical truth that fornication is a sin (1Cor. 6:18-20, Ga. 5:19-21, Heb. 13:4). This can be difficult because fornication is so socially acceptable, even in the church. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we need to stand for the perfect Word of God as the foundation of our lives. If BLM wanted to help men, women, and children within the black community they would push for strong families and fathers that are present (as we all should). An attempt to normalize broken families is not helping the black community and is actively working against it.
BLM has taken a strong stance in favor of all sexual identities. On their site it states:
We foster 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).
It is hard to find anyone in the Church today that doesn’t have a friend, relative, or neighbor that is gay. We have seen major denominations side with social pressure, over and against the Bible, to be all-inclusive of people’s sexual preferences.
As Christians, we must stand for what the Bible teaches. This should not be done out of anger or hate, but rather should come from a place of love. BLM is lumping the issue of homosexuality into the debate over racism. For a Christian to accept Black Lives Matter, they are (perhaps unknowingly) affirming relationships the Bible is clearly against.
BLM fully “supports” and affirms the transgender community. To be honest, I think the Church as a whole could do better at helping those who are dealing with these issues, but when we look at how BLM is attempting to support the trans community, we can quickly realize they are not helping at all. BlackLivesMatter.com states:
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
Christians should certainly be against violence towards anyone who is LGBTQ, but BLM is not helping the trans community by affirming this lifestyle.
The suicide rate among the transgender community is staggering. Gender dysphoria is a psychological condition that needs to be treated appropriately. Those who truly suffer from this condition should not be marginalized or hated but helped.
Although gender dysphoria is a genuine mental condition, it is also a spiritual battle as well. To say you were born in the wrong body is to say the Almighty has made a mistake. The Church should be ready and willing to help guide those who suffer from these issues. Yet, BLM is not attempting to help people who are dealing with transgender issues. Rather, they are pushing for acceptance of the problem. This is like telling someone with a broken leg they are totally fine and we will all just act like they are not hurt and need help. Once again, BLM is not actually advocating for those they claim to help, they are actually working against them.
All Black Lives?
On their “what we believe” page, BLM claims to fight for black lives and states:
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter…
What BLM does not mention is that the organization overwhelmingly supports abortion of black lives. Since 1973, 22,000,000 black children have been murdered through abortion. For an organization to say they fight for a marginalized minority and then support the genocide of the most defenseless and helpless people within said group is the definition of hypocrisy.
As believers, we should affirm that every person is made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26) and that God considers babies in the womb to be living humans and has a relationship with them even before they are born (Is. 49:5, Jer. 1:5, Luke 1:15). For BLM to take a pro-abortion stance is to endorse the violent termination of black lives, black families, and the future of blacks in America.
The term “Black Lives Matter”
One of the things that made me start thinking more about BLM was when my son and I were watching the news. Someone was holding a sign that said, “Black Lives Matter” and my seven-year-old turned to me and said, “Dad, I don’t understand. Why are they saying black lives matter? Don’t all lives matter?” We had never talked about BLM, but my son was absolutely right. We should always stand against anyone who believes they are superior to others, no matter their race. The Bible tells us that we are all descended from one man (Acts 17:26), thus, we are all one race. Voddie Baucham said:
“We talk about distinctions, and we talk about being distinct from one another in terms of our race. Race is actually a social construct. The concept of race is not a biblical concept. It’s not a biblical idea. It is a constructed idea. You won’t find the idea of races in the Bible unless you find it in the proper historical context where we see (number 1) that we are all the race of Adam, amen? One race, one blood, we are all the race of Adam.”
Yes, it is true that black lives matter, and it is true that all lives matter because all humans are made in the image of God. The term “black lives matter” separates us into groups of people where we should be one unified front. We should fight against sin! No matter who the person is that is being mistreated. Samuel Say rightly states:
Black Lives Matter is a cunning phrase to manipulate people into embracing a Marxist, pro-abortion, and anti-Christian worldview. Like “pro-choice”, “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean what many of us think it means. You don’t have to support BLM to affirm that my life matters.
Many have argued against this stating that black lives are the ones that are marginalized within the United States, and the Black Lives Matter slogan is one that points to specific instances where black people have been victims of racism. From a biblical perspective, believers are all one in Christ. Racism should be fought no matter if it’s against black people, white people, Asian people or any other people group. Beyond this, we hear nothing from BLM when black lives are lost in Chicago gang violence, or black cops and/or store owners are senselessly killed by rioters. There is a double standard in this war cry, and why? Because there is a larger agenda.
This larger agenda is to attack moral constructs that have nothing to do with race and usher in a normative view within society that breaks down the family by undermining the roles of fathers and husbands, cheapens the life of the weakest and most innocent, and normalizes immoral sexuality.
As believers, we should reject the slogan, “black lives matter” and perhaps even “all lives matter” until we first say, “Christ’s death matters for all lives.” If we truly care about others, we should fight for them with the Word of God at the center of that fight. We should stand for the truth, but we should reject anti-Christian organizations and slogans, such as Black Lives Matter.
Christians should fight racism and any other injustice that is being pushed through sinful action. We should stand up for those who are marginalized and attempt to help those who are hurting. But we should not stand behind slogans that mask a larger agenda that clearly go against the Word of God.
For he [Jesus] himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. (Ephesians 2.14–16 ESV)
Black Lives Matter
Children in Single-Parent Families by Race in the United States
Voddie Bauchem on Race
Psychology Today: Gender Dysphoria
Studies: Suicide Attempt High Among Transgender Teens, Increasing Among Black Teens
Trends of Suicidal Behaviors Among High School Students in the United States
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