A Few Thoughts
There seems to be a debate amongst Christians as to whether we ought to respond to #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter. It seems to me that we must be careful to affirm the right thing, and rebuke, from scripture the right thing. In this case, it seems like many Christians are ceding something they ought not to, in an effort to heal a wound they ought to.
The common argument is that to respond to #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter is to overlook the plights of injustice which the black community faces. One example I’ve seen used is that by saying everyone should eat, but not giving Bob a plate of food is to overlook the individual issue. As far as it goes, that may well be true. My concern is that the #BlackLivesMatter movement divides into two camps, those folks who genuinely want to voice their concerns about perceived & actual injustices and those who want to use the BLM movement to advance a liberal tax agenda by securing a segment of the electorate.
The first group has some legitimate concerns which need addressing, the later are shameless charlatans which we must not cede the moral high ground to.
First, Planned Parenthood has killed more black people this year than Law Enforcement does in 10 years. As @Chocolate_Knox put it:
Let’s just say I grant you the fact that police are racist. Ok, so then what would planned Parrenthood be? Founded by Margaret Sanger?
— The Chocolate Knox (@Chocolate_Knox) July 9, 2016
Second, the tax policies of white liberals has been, by far, the most detrimental factor over the decades to the black community. It has produced a culture of fatherlessness, as a single, black mom, with 4 kids gets more income from government welfare programs than she would have from a hard-working husband. When our government has incentivized a system where it is well-nigh impossible for responsible black man to provide a better living than the government welfare system can, we should not be surprised at the result of decades of fatherlessness in that community. Any community would suffer from such a blight.
Studies have repeatedly shown that crime rate, drug use, educational achievement, poverty, etc. change dramatically for the better, when there is a father in the home. Marriage has been dis-incentivized, and the federal government has replaced fathers like a scowling, and humorless governess.
What to do then…
The saddest thing in all this is the shameless exploitation of the black community, through the impoverishing effects of tax policies which deprive black children of fathers. The real tragedy here, which ought to be making headlines, is the disproportionate deaths of black children at the hands of Planned Butcherhood clinics, who have been selling their body parts, at profit, to ensure that white liberals can buy their Lamborghini!
Thus, my concern for Christians is that we miss the forest for the trees. We quibble over the proper response to the outcry from #BlackLivesMatter, and miss the fact that another generation of black children has been systematically either orphaned or, what’s worse, butchered and sold like chattel.
We are told to disciple the nations, in the process of this we will often be tempted to forsake that task and adopt agenda of Satan’s humanistic worldview, which only encumbers, enslaves and kills. We are to set the captive free, and to do this, the Bible and not humanistic moralism must be our authority. Humanism leads to segmentation into voting blocks which can be controlled and, thus, racism always ensues; the Gospel, on the other hand, leads to repentance of our individual and hereditary sins, and, thus, the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:2).