3 Reasons I Cannot Support Black Lives Matter

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):

  1. 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…”

  1. 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…”

  1. 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.

Professionals in the Pulpit – One of the Church’s Biggest Problems

If you know me, you know I’m not a huge fan of social media and I rarely comment on anything. But recently I became curious about a site called Reddit that one of my sons recommended. Basically, it’s a forum site where people learn and comment about almost any topic in the world.

One day, I browsed the current posts in the Christianity section. A young lady wrote that she was feeling uncomfortable with the amount of money her church’s pastors were making and spending. They seemed to be living much better than the congregants and church salaries were 50% of the yearly budget. She was wondering if she was wrong to be bothered by it.

Since the topic of pastor salaries and lifestyle is an area of particular interest to me (one of my pet peeves, actually!), I couldn’t resist commenting though I normally refrain! I wrote that the young lady was right to be disturbed. I related that I think the pastors should take a salary that amounts to around the average income of the congregants.

If that average amount isn’t enough to live on or to have the extras a pastor might want, he can get a side job. After all, the apostle Paul supported himself for a long time while he traveled, preached and established churches.

After I commented, I received a reply from another member who had read the original post and my response. This is what he said:

“You assume all pastors are exactly the same in all aspects of his profession. Like all surgeons have the exact same ability and with the exact same outcome for their patient. How about athletes? Why do some ballers make a 100 times more than other ballers….That’s not fair! They are paid what they are worth. Welcome to the real world.”

This common viewpoint is one of the reasons our churches are a in a mess! Pastors are not meant to be professionals like surgeons or athletes! I responded to him this way:

But being a pastor is completely different than being a professional anything! That’s part of the problem with churches. A pastor is a servant leader of the people, not an executive, or a star. We have turned churches into secular corporations and the pastoral role into a C-suite title.

Read the pastoral Epistles where the apostle Paul gives instructions to pastors/elders Timothy and Titus. They work in and for the kingdom of God, not the “real” world’s system. It’s a family, a fellowship, a place to learn, a place to love and be loved.

Being a pastor is not a career, it’s a calling. If you are called to it, you would do it no matter the compensation and God would provide for your needs in one way or another.

Pastoral qualifications are spiritual and character qualities plus the ability to teach scripture. (1 Timothy 1-7, 2 Timothy 2:24-26). “Worth” in the secular corporate measure is not a factor.

Paul was the greatest apostle, highly educated and qualified, yet he learned to be content with little, even though there were times he had more. (Philippians 4:12)

Paul says in 1Timothy 6:7, “having food and clothing we should be content.” He goes on to warn against desiring money because that desire leads us away from God and into all kinds of destruction.

The kingdom of God is an “upside down” kingdom where those who are first are to take the last place (Matthew 20:16) because it is more blessed to give than to receive. In taking the last place we are more like the example of Jesus who gave up all for us.

Anyone can learn to preach, but not many will lay down their lives, including a large paycheck, for others. That’s the test of a Christian and especially of a pastor. Their rewards will definitely come (both now and later) but they will be mostly spiritual rewards, which are infinitely more valuable than money.

God bless every true shepherd of God’s flock, especially in these days of high-paid, professional preachers.

-Marie