A Christian Perspective on #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter
#AllLivesMatter as a response to #BlackLivesMatter is becoming a derogatory phrase that is creating a hateful culture between Black and Non-Black Americans. As a follower of Christ, we are ALL considered His sheep and He is the Shepard. We are supposed to follow him and do good unto EVERYONE. So…I get it. I understand how a Christian, who is not well educated on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement could feel a sense of conflict at first for not focusing on ALL lives.
There have been many blogs, posts, and memes distributed to help the general population understand why #AllLivesMatter is a racist and derogatory response to #BlackLivesMatter. But I do believe there needs to be a post that can educate those of Christian faith to help them understand why #AllLivesMatter is an invalid response. So, let’s use the Luke 15: 1-7 scripture inspired by Minister Manny Arteaga’s post.
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
If we are ALL his sheep and we ALL follow him, we should all love and care for one another, correct? If one of Christ’s sheep is lost and in grave danger and Christ is putting all of his energy in finding that lost sheep so it can be safe and loved with the rest, are you really going to be one of those 99 sheep saying, “What about me God? Don’t we matter, too? Sometimes I don’t feel safe, either? Pay attention to us?”
No, you are not going to question God because that wouldn’t be the Christian thing to do.
When people say #BlackLivesMatter, for some reason, some people hear “ONLY” Black Lives Matter. The reason that “ONLY” is emphasized is because of a superiority complex. When there are movements like this, individuals with a superiority complex must find ways to include themselves because they are in need of exaggerating their self-worth so the world can continue to move the way in which they have benefited.
Now, if you are a Christian that has responded to a #BlackLivesMatter post with #AllLivesMatter, you may feel an initial trigger response to me diagnosing you with a superiority complex. You may be thinking to yourself…
“I don’t feel superior to anyone”
“I am as humble as they come” or even…
“I worked hard to get where I am, and nothing was handed to me”
I am positive that all of those thoughts mentioned above are true but none of that matters in relation to your superiority complex. By definition, superiority complex means an attitude of superiority that conceals actual feelings of inferiority and failure. This is bringing to light a battle that many Non-Black Christians have in the United States.
The United States was basically founded as a white Christian nation. For Christians to understand that something your faithful people constructed has disenfranchised, hurt, and killed so many black lives is a disgusting feeling. Even if you were an immigrant non-black Christian, you have still benefited from the forefathers who created a white Christian nation on the backs of black lives. The same black lives that did not receive any beneficial gain for the free services they provided, neither did their legacy. Instead, the only thing those black lives’ legacy received was oppression and generational curses.
Who would want to sit with that feeling?
Who would want to look in the mirror and say that, I, as a Non-black Christian have benefited from the hatred of black people and the systems put in place to destroy black people by Christian forefathers.
This is an extremely difficult conversation to think about which is why understanding the superiority complex is important because it will help you understand that you are a good person that wants to conceal past failures. But you MUST admit the benefits you’ve had due to the failure of acknowledging the man-made barriers that black people have faced. We have to think about this to get to the other side of healing as a Christian nation.
Black lives are in serious danger!
You know the horrible history of slavery.
You know the horrible history of the 13th Amendment.
You know the horrible history of why the role of a “police officer” was even created in America, especially in the South.
You know the horrible history of Jim Crow.
You know the horrible history of the Christian-led riots that destroyed black businesses, burned black communities, and killed countless black lives.
You know the horrible history of segregation.
And… You know that even in 2020, black lives do not matter the way they should.
So, I ask you, can you please accept what Christian ancestors have done and be the positive change! BLACK LIVES MATTER.
One of God’s sheep is in danger and your help and focus is needed to ensure it returns home safely so that we ALL can thrive.