The events of last week have caused me to look deep and listen and try to learn about the hurt and anxiety of different groups within our society. I have many friends who don’t look like me and don’t see the world the same as I do. I treasure their opinion.
One thing that sank home this week was the Black Lives Matter movement strikes a chord in the black community. Since I’m not a member of that community, and never could be, I will not ever understand that harmony. When a member of another community responds with “All Lives Matter,” what the black community hears is “black lives don’t matter as much.”
It’s impossible to tell people how to feel. It’s impossible to walk a mile in their shoes. It’s impossible legislate or force change on the bigoted souls in any community.
When I’m presented with a problem that seemingly cannot be solved, I need to turn to God and see if he has an answer. Thankfully, for this, he does. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34. As we can see from this scripture in the Book of John, that Jesus commanded us to love one another. But that’s not the starting point. He says that “As I loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus loved us first. My life matters to him. Your life matters to him. So that leads us to the answer. Yes, black lives matter. Yes, all lives matter. But what’s more important is that as far as the King of King and Lord of Lords is concerned, your life matters.
“Red and yellow, black or white, we are precious in his sight…” This children’s church song from long ago clearly is true. We are to love like Jesus loves. He loved us first, all of us. He went to the cross and endured the suffering and shame in love for us. There is not one of us who deserves what he did, but he left that salvation, love and righteousness open to all. You don’t qualify, but he doesn’t care. You can’t measure up, but he is not holding any measure. All he does is stand with open arms waiting for you to make a decision and come to him.
So, after all this, I will answer anybody who says to me, “Black lives matter,” or “All lives matter,” with a simple, “Your life matters.”
I choose to see the dignity and goodness in every man. I choose to hold your uniqueness in the highest respect. If I am a true follower of Jesus, how can I do any less?