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)
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.