The popular and cool thing to do in our times is to say Black Lives Matter; loudly, vocally, and repeatedly. We mustn’t forget the hashtag. It isn’t cool without the hashtag. And cool is the new true in certain circles, so we must be cool.
The scope of this writing is not to be cool( sorry), or political(sorry again), or anything else of the sort( Sorry, I can’t stop apologizing since it’s the newest spiritual gift and badge of all virtue). The purpose of this post is to get to the truth of things, the bottom of it, if you will. This is a lesson in fundamental foundations.
Do black lives matter? Yes, yes, and again I say yes. The fundamental and most important question is this: why do black lives matter? Ideas have consequences and shaky foundations produce buildings that are death traps. If someone does not value the life of a person with a black skin suit( which he/she was given by the Creator for His good and glory), the root of that lack of value will not be uncovered, cut down, and thrown into the fire, by shouting #BLACK LIVES MATTER! Nor will one shame anyone into caring by making character statements about them like racist, bigot, or any other term that is the favorite these days. To change minds we must change hearts, and to change hearts, we must get to the root of the problem- SIN.
Sin cannot be fixed with education. Sin cannot be terminated by making excuses for it. Sin is not an ignorance problem, but a problem of wickedness. Sin can also not be dealt with by committing more sin in an attempt to show how one sin was more sinful than another. You cannot fight fire with fire. A burning building does not stop burning because you set the building beside it on fire with gasoline instead of kerosene.
Sin can only be extinguished through Christ. Only He can change the human heart that is desperately sick and wicked. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked.”(Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV) Christ promises to change the heart.
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
Only Christ can change the heart. When Christ changes the heart, He changes the mind.
For racism to be dealt with effectively and definitely we must call it what it is. Racism is tribal hatred. One tribe of humanity hates another tribe of humanity for whatever reason that pleases their sinful heart at the time. One tribe of the human race fancies themselves superior to another tribe because of skin-suit color, money, customs, or a plethora of other reasons. Sin is stupid and makes people stupid. That is known as the noetic effect of sin. It is quite stupid to carry tribal hatred when God made everyone ,and we share the same source and ancestry. But I digress.
Racism is tribal hatred and hatred must be recognized for what it is, and be repented of. No one with this hatred has eternal life. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”(I John 3:14-15) The whole world must repent of this tribal hatred and believe the Gospel. Therefore we must preach the Gospel to the whole world.
Now let’s return to the question posed at the beginning. Why do black lives matter? Did they just start mattering in the year of our Lord 2020? Absolutely not! Black lives have always mattered and will continue to do so for all eternity. Do black lives matter because a large consensus of the population decided that they do? No! Public consensus does not determine truth. Do black lives matter because a gang of politicians like to say so, and be seen saying so? Or do they matter because anyone says so? No! Truth is absolute and not based on subjective things like opinion and group-think. Do black lives matter because centuries of evil and injustice committed against those humans with black skin-suits suddenly is a problem ? No! The injustice was evil, wicked, and wretched the whole time. It has nothing to do with opinion. Sin was sin, and exceedingly sinful at that.
Black lives really matter. Black lives matter because foundationally, God says so. Black lives are the lives of people created in the image of God. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”(Genesis 1:27) Black lives were created to glorify God in the world and reflect His glory. So to say that black lives don’t matter would be to say that God is a liar and that is quite a dangerous and idiotic place to dwell. Black lives matter because Jesus chose to shed His blood to redeem them. The greatest sacrifice that could be given was given for black lives. It’s pretty plain in the Bible and quite hard to miss.
“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Black lives matter because God has ordained it to be so. If the foundation of your belief that black lives matter is anything else besides the God of the Bible having revealed Himself and He says so, you have built your house on sand. The storms of rampant secularism and mob justice can quickly change direction and will destroy your house built on sand. So build your house on the Rock of the Living God who reveals Himself and makes truth plain to undeserving sinners. Black lives matter because God says so. Anyone who disagrees needs to repent and believe the Gospel.
Let us go a logical step further. If black lives matter, then all black lives matter. All black lives matter from the pre-born to the elderly and everyone in between. All black lives matter, not just the ones that make the news, or the ones that politicians like to exploit to get elected, or the ones that corporate America likes to showboat about to make money. All black lives matter, and the only true solution to fighting for these lives and ending wickedness perpetrated against them is Christ.
The Gospel preached brings salvation. Nothing else saves. Not politicians, not slogans, not mobs, not governments, and not education. If you are resting in a nice slogan to change the world, you are being foolish and faithless. Slogans don’t change hearts and heal lands, but Christ does. If your salvation is resting in a political movement led by parties that rhyme with memocrat and depublican, then flee your idolatry. The false gods of government, big brother, and happy-cushy-feely-fun-time sentiments are dead and they cannot bring deliverance.
Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32)” Embrace the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by Him(John 14:6). His Word is the foundation of everything that is true. Salvation in all its forms only comes through faith in Christ, and Christ alone.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling and reigning in the midst of His enemies, and all His enemies will be made His footstool( read Psalm 110). Racism is tribal hatred. Hatred is the enemy of God. All God’s enemies will be defeated. The people’s may plot a vain thing and want to cast the cords of God’s rule off them(Psalm 2:1-3), but Christ is ruling, reigning, and winning. Racism must bow before the mighty name of Jesus.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
My encouragement is to repent. Flee tribal hatred. Be cleansed from your sin by the blood of Christ. Lay your idols down and trust God. “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”