A simple YES, or NO would be the easiest way to answer this question… but this is not a simple question, so let’s unpack it a little.
If we re-ask the question by re-wording it, the meaning changes. For example:
DO AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT MATTER TO PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW?
DO PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW SUPPORT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATION?
By re-wording the original question, we have a better understanding of what some folks may think when the original question is asked. And it becomes overwhelmingly obvious that the answers to these two re-wordings of the question will be drastically different.
Let’s chat about answering the first re-wording of today’s question.
The original question was:
DO BLACK LIVES MATTER TO CHRISTIANS? and the first re-wording of this question is:
DO AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT MATTER TO PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW?
Before we chat about an answer, did you catch the re-wording of “CHRISTIAN” to “PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW?” The reason I was intentional about this specific re-wording has to do with a very important distinction.
We live in a country that has a Christian foundation and the idea of being a Christian is familiar to many people. In fact, over 70% of American’s claim to be Christian. Yet, when it comes to the topic of ethics, morality, sex, money, power, race, science, and yes politics to name a few… most of the so-called Christians address these issues the way they want to and not through the lens of Scripture. Time and time again, these “Christians” let emotions, feelings, pop-culture, and their friends determine their way of addressing these topics.
Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
A true Christian does not address these issues via their own way, a true Christian follows Jesus and accepts His way. Jesus clearly has a Biblical Worldview. When questioned, His number one way of responding was to point to Scripture. In typical Jesus-fashion, in response to a question, He would say something along the lines of “haven’t you heard,” or “it is written” and then he would quote Scripture. But my personal favorites are Matthew 22:29 – “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” and John 5:46 & 47 – “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
The way of Christ is 100% Scripture based. The way of Christ is to have a Biblical Worldview. If you call yourself a Christian you must have a high regard for Scripture and a low regard for your way of thinking.
Sadly, our Churches are overloaded with people who are falling for the emotional/pop-culture way of addressing the tough topics of life, and the reason for this has to do with an illogical way of thinking and a depraved view of Scripture. No longer do we have people willing to renew their minds with the mind of Christ by acting like the “Noble Minded,” Acts 17 Bereans. The Bereans eagerly examined the Scriptures and were commended for it by Paul and Silus. Yet, according to the Barna Group, 80-90% of the American Church is filled with people who do not act like the “Noble Minded” Bereans and subsequently do not have a Biblical Worldview.
The Barna Group research team has defined a Biblical Worldview as:
“…believing that absolute moral truths exist; that such truth is defined by the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views were that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life; God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today; salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned; Satan is real; a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people; and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.” – source
So, DO PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT MATTER TO PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW?
I personally know many Americans of African descent… aka Black Lives, and they themselves have a Biblical Worldview. So, yes. I am quite certain they believe that Black Lives Matter in their own eyes, given that they themselves are Black.
Yet, for all my friends who are red and yellow, black and white… (Don’t forget brown and any other skin tone within the human race) yes, they too are precious in His sight. And as a follower of Christ, His way is my way. So, yes… Black lives matter to me and every other person with a Biblical worldview.
John 3:16 is arguably the most famous Bible verse and it says, “For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son.” It doesn’t say that God so loved the Straight, White, Male, Republicans, it says World. God loves all the people of the World. Much like the genetic impossibility of finding a hierarchy of humanity, God see us all as His beloved children.
So, if you are brown or red and yellow, black or white choose to do what is right… and living a life through the lens of a Biblical Worldview is just that.
Now, you might say the Bible is a bunch of fairy tales written by a bunch of crafty people trying to gain control. OK, well what does the evidence say? I have made a series of videos that explore the authenticity of the Bible through archaeology, eyewitness testimony, historians from outside of the bible, fulfilled prophecies, and the cross comparison of modern texts with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
CLICK HERE to watch these videos.
OK, let’s jump back and chat about answering the second re-wording of today’s question.
The original question was: DO BLACK LIVES MATTER TO CHRISTIANS?
And the second re-wording of this question is:
DO PEOPLE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW SUPPORT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATION?
Perhaps you have a Biblical Worldview, call yourself a Christian, and you support The Black Lives Matter Organization. Well, OK, have you taken the time to visit BlackLivesMatter.com and read their section titled What We Believe? Probably not.
After a quick read, any person with a Biblical worldview would have realized that the organization does not value Black lives and is in direct opposition to a Biblical Worldview. So, with that said… NO ONE WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW IS ABLE TO LOGICALLY SUPPORT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATION. Period.
As Americans with a Biblical worldview , it is our duty to show support to our brothers and sisters of African descent, yet it is also our duty to take some time to read what BLM stands for. I suggest studying the entire website, but for the sake of time I am going to mention and respond to just a few of the claims that the Black Lives Matter Organization has posted on their website.
“Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism.” source
The origins of the Black Lives Matter Organization is built upon the unquestioned claim that Americans of African Descent are victims of state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Since, the name of my site is Ready Set Question, let’s get ready to question this claim. Do any states have policies that give official permission to be violent and racist toward Americans of African Decent?
If so, what are the policies? What laws are on the books that allow for violence and racism toward Black Americans?
Obviously, there are no laws or policies that sanction such horrific practices. Yet, some might say that all we have to do is look at the numbers. According to Statista.com , 667 Black men were killed by various US police officers between 2017-2019. Over the course of this 3 year span, the average was approximately 223 killings per year. Which is less than 5 killings of Black men by the police per state per year. Yet in contrast, during the same 3 year span of time, various US police officers killed approximately 15 men per year per state of whom were non-Black.
Of course, one could look at the average 20 killings by police per state per year and notice that the 5 black killings are over represented. Given that Americans of African descent only make up 13.4% (source) of the population, it is easy to claim that there must be systematic discrimination. Of the 20 men killed per year per state, Blacks make up 25%, so is there an unfair policy involved?
The loss of any life is tragic and heartbreaking for everyone involved. It is never a good thing for anyone to be killed in the street. It is also never a good thing for a certain group to be singled out and discriminated against by the authorities. So, why is no one claiming state-sanctioned gender discrimination against men? According to recent data from the FBI, approximately 73% of arrests were of men. Does the “State” sanction discrimination against men? Perhaps, with such a high number of male arrests one could assume institutional discrimination to be true, but we all know this is not the case. Males are more likely to commit crimes than females. Likewise, the higher percentage of Black representation in these police killings is obvious once the data is studied.
2017 FBI REPORT ON CRIME IN THE U.S.A. (source)
- Murder – 53% committed by Blacks
- Rape – 28.7% committed by Blacks
- Robbery – 54.2% committed by Blacks
- Aggravated Assault – 33.5% committed by Blacks
It is not clear why 13.4% of Americans of African descent are over represented in committing crime. It is also not clear why the American Male population is over represented in committing crime.
Yet, the data is the data.
When it comes to killings by police, the over representation of Blacks is much lower than the over representation of Black criminals in society. The data shows that a police officer must be less likely to kill a Black person.
It is always a tragedy when an officer has to choose to end the life of a fellow American. Yes, Blacks are over represented in this sad occurrence, and that needs to stop. However, why does the crime data from the FBI coupled with the average number of Blacks killed by police suggests something other than state-sanctioned violence? Perhaps, there may be some sort of favoritism from the police toward Americans of African descent. In the light of real data, a reality is becoming quite clear and it is the opposite of what the Black Lives Matter organization is claiming.
OK, let’s get back to the Black Lives Matter Organization’s website. Here’s another claim:
“We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.” source
Focusing on the false idea of racist state-sanctioned policies, the Black Lives Matter Organization has overlooked what is really harming Blacks. It seems that BLM does not care about all Black lives.
According to the FBI, 2,570 Blacks were killed by other Blacks in one year, 2016.
Also, in 2016, there were 303,000 Blacks aborted. source
Do all Black lives matter to the Black Lives Matter Organization? No. The BLM organization seems to only care about certain killings of Black lives, specifically ones that can be exploited and sensationalized for profit and gain of political power.
Here is another statement from BlackLivesMatter.com and it is the most damaging & hurtful to our society and specifically detrimental to Americans of African descent.
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.” source
The Black Lives Matter Organization is not something a person with a Biblical worldview can support in good conscience because it does not care about Black lives and is in direct conflict with a Biblical Worldview. And yes, the intention of disrupting the nuclear family does both.
In the book of Matthew Jesus quoted Genesis 1:27 by saying…
Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Then in Genesis 1:28 God blesses the man and woman to “Be fruitful and increase in number.”
God’s plan for a family structure is “Nuclear.” Yes, a Biblical Worldview in regard to family is of a married man and woman with their biological children. Of course, many other situations exist and they are also valued, they just are not God’s original plan. So, the BLM Organization’s goal of disrupting the nuclear family is anti-Biblical and anti-Jesus… in fact it is anti-Black as well and let me explain.
Putting the Bible aside, the breakdown of the nuclear family has caused enormous pain and undeserved suffering to Americans of African descent. Barack Obama said in his 2008 Father’s day speech:
“We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”
Leftist policies have shaped the US Welfare System and have increased fatherless-ness. Mothers who receive financial assistance are penalized if they have a man in their life. Currently, the law is structured so that financial assistance is greatly reduced if a man is living in the same household as a woman receiving benefits. This policy has caused 90% of welfare recipients to be single mothers. (source) Unfortunately, the welfare system seems to be harming the Black community more than any other. According to 2012 data from the United States Census Bureau, Americans of African descent receive the largest portion of means-tested assistance. (source) It is not clear why this is the case, but the data is the data.
In 2012, 52.2 million Americans received assistance each month.
- 41.6% was received by Blacks
- 17.8% was received by Asians/Pacific Islanders
- 13.2% was received by non-Hispanic Whites (source)
Given that Americans of African descent are so over represented in regard to means-tested assistance, and 90% of recipients are single mothers; it is no wonder why 77.3% of Black babies are born to single mothers.
Sadly, single parent households represent:
- 63% of youth suicides
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children
- 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders
- 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger
- 71% of all high school dropouts
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers
- 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons (source)
The 2015 data for African American births to unmarried women was 77.3% of Black births in the United States. How can the Black Lives Matter Organization claim that all Black lives matter, yet at the same time have a goal of disrupting the nuclear family? Disrupting the relationship between a man and a woman and their biological children is overwhelmingly detrimental to Black lives in the U.S.A.
The original question for this post can be read two ways, so…
1 – DO BLACK LIVES MATTER TO CHRISTIANS?
Yes, Americans of African descent matter to and are valued by people with a Biblical worldview.
2 – DO CHRISTIANS SUPPORT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATION?
No, people with a Biblical worldview do not value, nor support the Black Lives Matter Organization because it is in direct conflict with the teachings of Jesus Christ and fosters ideas and policies that negatively impact Americans of African descent.
Statistically, for their population size, Americans of African descent are over represented in committing crime, being killed by police, single motherhood, and welfare dependence. We need to ask why, we need to look at our policies, we need to look at our leaders, and we need to heed the words of Booker T. Washington.
“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well.”Booker T. Washington (1856 – 1915) source