What's the Biblical problem with "Black Lives Matter"? There isn't one.
Many, many people become very angry when they hear anyone say, "Black Lives Matter". They loudly respond with "ALL lives matter!", as though saying "black lives matter" means that only black lives matter.
Here's my take: All lives matter. But black lives getting ended has been widely ignored—as though black lives don’t matter. So I’ll happily emphasize that, yes, black lives matter.
Let me put it to you a couple of different ways.
Prodigal Sons Matter
Lisa Koons shared this on Facebook, and it was sent to me by a friend.
The father was waiting there with a big sign: #ProdigalSonsMatter
When the older brother saw it, he was angry, wouldn't attend the party, and moped around with his own sign #AllSonsMatter
Father: "Dude. It's not about you right now."
Lost Coins Matter
A woman owned 10 silver coins and lost one of them. She wrote #LostCoinsMatter on her planning board and cleared her schedule. Her friends, greatly desiring a brunch date, said, "But #AllCoinsMatter! You still have nine. Come with us!"
She, being wiser, said, "#AllCoinsMatter when you have all of the coins in hand. But when one is missing, #LostCoinsMatter and that coin temporarily becomes more important than all the rest."
She swept the floor. She turned on her brightest flashlight. She looked under every couch cushion, dumped out every bag, looked under every area rug, and searched on her hands and knees until she finally saw the bright gleam of her missing coin.
She'd missed the brunch date, but she'd ensured that now, truly #AllCoinsMattered.
Lost Sheep Matter
A man had one-hundred sheep and lost one of them. He threw up #LostSheepMatter on Twitter and asked for help finding it. His city-slicker cousin mocked him, saying #AllSheepMatter.
But the man left the ninety-nine in the pasture and searched for the lost one until he found it. He placed it on his shoulders and carried it home. When he got there, he texted his cousin saying, "#AllSheepMatter now that all of the sheep are home safe."
The Sermon On The Mount
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor…"
A heckler from the crowd interrupted to say, "Well actually, all people are blessed, Jesus."
Hurt Cities Matter
Seen on Facebook:
For my all lives matter folks: when the Boston marathon was bombed everybody's profile picture went "Boston strong" nobody said "all cities are strong!"
When the Las Vegas shooting happened, people changed their profiles "stand with Vegas", nobody sais "well what about the people that got shot in my city?"
Have you ever seen someone counter a "breast cancer" post with "what about colon cancer?"
But for some reason if someone says "Black lives matter", it turns into all inclusive "all lives matter"
It's not an either/or proclamation. When there is a crisis we have always ralled around that particular group. It doesn't discredit or diminish any other group, it just bings awareness and support to the group that needs attention.
- Unknown (if you figure out who the original author is please let me know so I can properly give credit)
Your Crime Matters
When your home has been robbed, do you want to hear your neighbor say, "#AllCrimesMatter"?