Our country is in another season of turmoil over race relations. More black men have died this year in circumstances which many say are directly related to race because the men who killed the black men were white. Those deaths are under investigation as I write. It is a trying time of hurt, anger, confusion and conflict.
Subsequently, the organization called Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013, has called their supporters to speak out. Many people have protested peacefully against what they see as ongoing racial discrimination against blacks by police and by the entire country from top to bottom. They call it systemic racism.
Sadly, some of the people who are protesting against racial discrimination have resorted to violence against the police, defacing buildings and looting. They are tearing down public statues, even those that are not linked to the Confederacy, such as Ulysses S. Grant and St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco.
Protesting is good and necessary at times. But violence, hatred against police, theft and vandalism never is. Unfortunately, those who are committing these crimes do so in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement and they have not condemned it.
Many in the black community and their supporters from other communities are angry that not everyone is joining in the protests or at least publicly lending their support to Black Lives Matter. The Christian community is especially pressured to come out in vocal support.
As a Christian, I cannot support Black Lives Matter and I will tell you a few reasons why.
Before I list my reasons, I want to be clear. Just because I am not supporting Black Lives Matter the organization, doesn’t mean I do not care about injustice or oppression.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne and he cares especially for those who are oppressed and unfairly treated. Therefore, every Christian should care about those things as well, and voice them, publicly or not.
Not only that, Christians should care about everything that the Bible says and that’s why I don’t support BLM. It’s simply because the organization espouses beliefs I can’t support even though I care deeply about black lives.
But like many of you, I don’t align myself with any organization that is fundamentally against my beliefs. That’s the freedom we all have and thank God we still do. We can choose whom to link arms with.
3 Reasons I Cannot Support Black Lives Matter
I appreciate how clearly BLM has laid out their beliefs on their website. It sounds like they want to fundamentally change the structure of society as much as possible. Here are just a couple of the several beliefs I cannot support, and which are fundamentally anti-Christian (I’m assuming an adherence to the Bible when I say Christian):
- I believe wholeheartedly in the nuclear family as the foundation of a healthy society. However, Black Lives Matter believes:
“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…”
- I hold to the normalcy and health of heterosexuality, but I respect everyone’s personal lifestyle and sexual orientation as belonging to them and none of my business. However, Black Lives Matter believes:
“We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking…”
- According to one of its co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, BLM is a spiritual movement, with religious rituals and deities. In an article in support of Black Lives Matter written by Hebah Farrag on Georgetown University website, she outlines the religious aspects of the movement very well. She writes:
“The movement infuses a syncretic blend of African and indigenous cultures’ spiritual practices and beliefs, embracing ancestor worship; Ifa-based ritual such as chanting, dancing, and summoning deities; and healing practices such as acupuncture, reiki, therapeutic massage, and plant medicine in much of its work, including protest. That work, though, often remains invisible.”
Since Black Lives Matter the organization has a religious aspect with other gods besides Jesus, and some practices that I believe are occult practices, I won’t align myself with them. Not with a good conscience before my Lord.
But I don’t condemn those who support Black Lives Matter. That’s not my job or my heart.
I love and support all people of color wholeheartedly, and I long for the beautiful day that the Lord Jesus comes to bring true and complete justice and peace to our wonderful, colorful world. He’s the only One who can.