Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christianity and "Black Lives Matter Movement!"

                                          "Christianity & Black Lives Matter Movement"

Over the last couple of years, we all have watched the race war heat up. From the Trayvon Martin case to Mike Brown. I haven't felt led by God to say anything until now. I don't  jump on bandwagons because it's popular. It's a time to speak and a time to remain silent. As usual, I don't seek to give a "popular" view but a biblical view. God hears our prayers, he sees our cries, and he sees the injustice. No matter what race looks more affluent on this side of earth, every person will stand before a holy and just God and give an account for their life. God doesn't show partiality or favoritism. No race is superior, no race is more important. Regardless of what it looks like. We are all loved by God and created in His image. (Genesis 1:2)

Christian, the media is not your friend! Let me repeat..THE MEDIA IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. The media purposely talk about certain things to stir up your emotions to fuel this race war to create division and hatred. We're in this world but not of this world.  We overcome evil with good. It's not a SKIN problem, it's a SIN problem. Racism and prejudice all boils down to sin. The originator of racism is the enemy, the father of lies. He's sitting back smiling and laughing. He's happy to see many Christians no longer focused on spreading the gospel but focused on racism. He's happy to see Christians siding with false teachers like Farrakhan. He's happy to see the church segregated. He's happy to see us fighting each other, when he's the master puppet. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood..this is a spiritual war! (For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12)

1. Sympathize. We cannot sit here and pretend as if racism doesn't exist. I side-eye many of the posts that I read from some of my Facebook friends that pretend as if some black people are over-reacting. It's easy to be nonchalant and lack compassion, when you've never faced racism or were treated unfairly because of your skin color. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world that's plagued by sin. Racism is one of the many sins that plagues our nation. People are hurt, angry, confused, and frustrated. Parents are afraid that their kids are are afraid that they are next. There are many black Christian bros who have even shared their frustration of being racially profiled(even in church settings). It's insensitive as a believer to brush them to the side. We must be compassionate and sympathize with all. (Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.) My greatest desire is that racist people will come to repentance and be saved. They need the gospel. They need Christ. We must fervently pray for their souls.

2.Don't jump on the bandwagon because it's popular. Use wisdom and be cautious of who you align yourself with. We must test everything in light of scripture. We must ask: Does this align with scripture? Is God being glorified? Does this promote peace, righteousness, and love? Is this pushing me closer to Christ? Does this represent the character of Christ? I don't want to put everyone in the same category because everyone in the Black Lives Movement isn't the same. I've met some kind people apart of the BLM who aren't promoting evil, just simply passionate about what they believe. On the contrary, I've seen people who are promoting godless behavior and are no different than the KKK. A rotten apple can spoil the whole bunch. Why yoke ourselves with that?(2 Corinthians 6:14) We can still speak out against injustice and stand for equality without supporting a movement that promotes the opposite of what Christ stands for. I'm in no way insinuating that we can't love our skin color and race..but it's idolatry and pride to esteem our race. Many Christians are putting their race over their Christ and God is not pleased. As Christians we should boast in who we are in Christ..not our skin color. (2 Corinthians 10:17 Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.)

3.Take accountability for our actions. I believe we should stand for justice and equality. However, we should make the same public outcry for black on black crime as we do for white on black crimes. Abortion is the #1 killer of blacks, and many are silent about that. On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States. Despite making up 13% of the population, blacks account for more than 50% of crime. It's hypocrisy to speak out against what the "white man" is doing but ignore the crime, violence and all the things that are plaguing the black community. We have to stop glorifying and supporting these rappers, trappers, and strippers who are the degradation of the black community. We have to teach our youth to have respect for those in authority. We need more men and women who will not go on social media and rant..but will actually step up and do something. We need men and women who will speak the truth in love to this generation, who will mentor our youth, who will promote values and morals that will restore the black community. We will never see change as long as we're pointing the fingers and blaming everyone else instead of looking in the mirror. (Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.)

Stand for justice, speak out against equality, be angry and sin not..but do not allow the enemy to make you his puppet. Don't allow hatred, bitterness, resentment, and un-forgiveness to creep into your heart. Don't engage in fruitless debates and arguments that bring no glory to Christ. We are in the last days, we must stay vigilant. This is not a war against blacks vs whites, this war is against the enemy vs God. The enemy will use anything to cause our heart to grow cold. I've seen many people who once professed Christ get deep into the black lives Matter Movement..and now are apart of black Hebrew Israelite's, Black Conscious, and other false cults. We must give our hurt and pain to the Lord and find healing through Christ. We must confess and repent to God if we've been harboring hate and un-forgiveness towards another race. As believers we have to band together. We must unify. Our brothers and sisters are not those who are our race..our brothers and sisters are those who do the will of God. (Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.) 

What we see today is a direct result of the fall and the judgment of God. I can't promise that things will get better. I can't promise that racism will stop. What I can promise is for those who have put their trust and hope in Christ on this side..He will return for His people, restore all things and execute perfect justice! There will be no more suffering, pain, murders, injustice, racism, wars, or evil. Come quickly Lord Jesus!