There is intense cultural pressure right now for everyone—believers included—to support what is called Black Lives Matter. And not just the slogan—there’s an entire organization by the same name. Of course, Bible-believing Christians believe that the lives of those with a darker shade of skin (what our culture usually calls “black”) matter as do lives of every shade. And as we share in our book “One Race One Blood,” racism, discrimination, and prejudice are very real problems, but that ultimately, they are rooted in sin. So should we use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and thus support the group behind it?
Our friends over at Living Waters recently released a short video answering that question. It includes on-the-street interviews with Black Lives Matter protesters, shares the gospel, and reveals—from Black Lives Matter’s own website—just some of the things this group is fighting for. I believe many Christians don’t understand what the group is truly about and, if they knew, they wouldn’t support the organization and what it stands for. I encourage you to invest about 10 minutes of your time to watch and then share this video:
We are thankful for like-minded ministries like Living Waters that are pointing people towards the only solution to racism: the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can find more content from Living Waters on our streaming platform, Answers.tv as well as on their YouTube channel.
There’s also a lot of talk today about reparations to pay for past injustices (or perceived injustices, such as the criminalization of prostitution). For Christians, this can remind us to contemplate the greatest injustice of all: when we sinned in Adam against our holy Creator God. Could we ever pay reparations for that? It’s not possible. But God did it for us, sending his Son to die on a cross and be raised from the dead. And he offers the free gift of salvation to those who receive it.
Yes, we are undeserving of God’s love as God paid the penalty for sin.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
And how should we then act toward others?
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
[F]orgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
We can't fathom God's infinite grace and mercy towards us. But we can make sure we abound with “grace” relations to others.
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13)
Yes, the Bible has the truth our culture so desperately needs.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.