It’s amazing how God allows issues to arise to show what’s in people’s hearts, both good and bad. God knows what’s in our hearts…

1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

I have to admit that one of my pet peeves is when someone retorts the assertion that ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ with ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ as if they are mutually exclusive.

You all know what mutually exclusive means. That two events or things can’t take place at the same time…

YOU CAN’T turn both right and left at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T flip a coin and have ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T serve God and money at the same time…they’re mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN’T go to heaven and hell at the same time… they’re mutually exclusive.

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV)

24 (A)“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. (B)You cannot serve God and [a]mammon.

However, YOU CAN be both hungry and thirsty at the same time… not mutually exclusive.

YOU CAN love your son and daughter at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

GOD IS a God of love and a God of wrath at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

Both Black lives, all lives and blue lives can happen at the same time…not mutually exclusive.

What motivates that initial retort when someone says “Black Lives Matter?” When people say encourage 2020 graduates because they were cheated out of the normal pomp and circumstance does not mean other graduates or other students don’t matter. When someone says show respect to senior citizens that doesn’t mean other citizens don’t matter. When Jesus says blessed are the poor in spirit, does that mean everyone else isn’t blessed? That doesn’t even enter our minds.

Could it be that the “BLACK LIVES MATTER”statement offends some people because of some hidden, unacknowledged racism in their hearts? Are they trying to ‘muddy the waters’ because the narrative they prefer is being challenged?

Racism is a lot like high blood pressure. Many people don’t know they have it until it affects their heart.

During the Civil Rights movement, the need for equal rights and equity was not mutually exclusive from any problems within the Black community. So, the need to address the brutality of some police officers and systematic racism within the system doesn’t have to be silenced because of Black on Black crime (I hear this argument all the time, ‘where are the protests about Black on Black crime’).

It it easy to see the people who would have criticized Dr. King and the countless unknown heroes of the Civil Rights Movement if they had been living then.

It’s easy to see who would have criticized Yeshua as He challenged the system and traditions of that time.

Yes, BLACK LIVES MATTER and ALL LIVES MATTER…all at the same time.



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  1. Pastor Al, this is great. I appreciate your examples about the meaning of ‘not mutually exclusive’. 🙂

    I read a news article this morning about racial microaggressions, which beautifully explains why responding to ‘Black lives matter’ with ‘All lives matter’ is offensive, and it completely misses the point. Here is an excerpt from that article:

    ‘Those who respond to “black lives matter” by saying “all lives matter” may be interpreting “only black lives matter,” which isn’t the case. The call to action means “black lives matter, too.” So when someone says “all lives matter” without acknowledging the movement’s point, they’re ignoring the racism exemplified in police interactions that ended badly. . . . When a house is on fire, the fire truck doesn’t come and hose water on all the houses on the street saying, “All houses matter.” They’ve come to help the fire that’s burning. . . . Imagine at a funeral that someone is mourning the death of a loved one and you say, “Yeah, but my grandmother died five years ago. All deaths matter.” Both scenarios are insensitive to the pain of the people suffering in this moment.’

    I couldn’t have said it better. God bless!

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  2. Bottom line: ALL LIVES MATTER to the God who created them! There is no partiality in God; He says He sends the rain and sun on the good and the bad. Lives not mattering is what’s led to aborting viable infants before they’re born. It’s led to increased domestic violence, hate speech and so much more. Until the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts, there will never be a time where all people respect all other people in this world. Father God, please save us from ourselves and bring peace in the midst of this chaos. Amen and Shalom dear Brother Johnson

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  3. I believe if those who laid the ground work for Black Lives Matter had of know people would have got so caught up in the idea that this was a movement to make one life more valued that another that they would have called in Black Live Matter Too – Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the name needs to change but rather trying to say that from my “white” understanding of what was meant, BLM was to say we matter too, we are not disposable, we are not meant to be overlooked, written off, miss treated or differently treated, – we matter just as much as white people – I want so much for white people who feel hurt by BLM to add “too” in their minds every time they hear someone say Black Lives Matter just to remind themselves that even if they are not the people who treated black people as if they did not have the same value at white people, many white people have!

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      1. as much as I love sharing them I do hope you will delete any that cross the line – I have all the greatest of intentions but I still grew up white and in Canada so my context is different. As much as I try, I always run the risk of not beong totally objective and I would hate to add to tentions

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  4. Dave, I have read you many times and know you are a thoughtful and careful thinker and person. But please, there is no ‘white’ thought. Many blacks often tell Claudette, my ex wife that she needed to speak black and to stop speaking white. No, there is no white talk. There is no black talk. There is proper English or basic English and ghetto talk but that is unique to America and not a race. ‘Black’ talk is whatever talk they speak, but then again commonalities exist in language that make up people and do not separate people. For example: there is no white math or say black math. Math is math. Groupism will separate and that’s exactly what Jim Crow did was to separate. I insist and believe my brother Al agrees, we need a universal language and that language is one of the spirit. The language of the spirt we address is one of love, compassion and understanding. I speak of inclusion and please don’t see me as correcting you, but only in suggesting we don’t feed a philosophy that sucks the life out of friends with groupism. In that sense, they use words as a form of power over others to include you and me. God Bless you.

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  5. Absolutely right. They are not mutually exclusive.
    In fact the view that “black lives matter” is grounded in the belief that “all lives matter.”
    Racism exists and we should deal with it in a fact based way.
    It is an issue that affects us all, but frequently gets lip service or emotional knee-jerk reactions that end up polarizing those who don’t see the full picture.
    If we don’t get to the root of the issues with facts, we will never have sustainable solutions.
    Took a stab recently at understanding the state of the challenge. This is what I wrote:

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