SHOULD A CHRISTIAN EMBRACE THE “BLACK LIVES MATTER” MOVEMENT?

With the tragic, horrific death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter group has taken center stage with demonstrations around the country. People of all races have joined the demonstrations, and more and more people of all ethnicities have joined the movement. But the question is: should a Christian embrace the BLM movement? Well, the answer to that is both yes and no.

Yes we should embrace the idea of Black Lives Matter in the sense that social justice must be given to all people regardless of race. Yes, in the sense that racism is diametrically opposed to God’s Word, and thus is sin. Every human being is an intentional, unique, specific creation of God and was created in His image, meaning human beings, unlike any other parts of God’s creation, have a moral will, an eternal soul, and the ability to commune with their Creator. Thus, all life is precious and sacred – Black White, Asian, Latino, Native American, and mixed races. The life of the 93 year old man with Alzheimer’s disease who doesn’t know his name or recognize his wife or kids is sacred, as is the child born with Down’s Syndrome, as is the tiny fetus in the mother’s womb. As Christians, we must champion equality and social justice for all human beings because God loves everyone.

No, we must not embrace or join the Black Lives Matter movement because their agenda has aspects that are totally opposed to Biblical morality. The “What We Believe” section of the BLM website includes these statements:

“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.”

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.

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).

As you can see, the BLM movement rejects God’s design for sexuality by denouncing heterosexuality and embracing “queer” lifestyles, for gender by rebelling against God’s sovereign choice of gender for each person as either male or female by “deconstructing cisgender [i.e. denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex] privilege” and affirming transgenderism, and for family by “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” by saying “villages” are needed to raise kids instead of just parents. Thus, we, as followers of Jesus, cannot be identified with any organization or movement that promotes non-Biblical principles.

So, my friends, we need to be thinking Christians, thoroughly using our God given ability to discern right from wrong instead of relying on the knee jerk reactions of our emotions before jumping on a band wagon. We are responsible for our choices, so we must approach every situation with a Biblical world view. The Bible is the final and only authority on every matter of doctrine and practice, and, being God’s Word, it will always lead us to truth.

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