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.

Preschool Must-Have’s! Top Tips for Choosing the Right Preschool

Your kids are the most precious people in the world to you! At first, it’s hard to imagine giving them to a stranger to care for, isn’t it?

My first experience with preschool was traumatic! I don’t mean when I went to preschool, I mean when my first son did. I was a mess!

There he was, standing at the window waving goodbye while crying his eyes out. I plastered a smile on my face, waved back, got in my car and drove away. Then I let it all out and cried my eyes out, too!

He had a hard time there, so we moved him to another preschool that we were all very happy with. It was some work finding the right one, but it was worth it!

Where our children go to preschool is REALLY important! They are a critical time in their early development. Both positive and negative emotional experiences have lasting impact.

So, it pays to do our due diligence before we decide on preschool. There a lot of great ones out there but also some that aren’t so great.

Once you have a potential school picked out, I strongly suggest doing a classroom observation. A couple of hours or more would be great.

It’s true that a teacher might be on guard if you’re there, however, you can still get a sense of whether the children are happy and if the teacher has created a positive atmosphere.

 

“Must Have’s” for Any Preschool

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Must Have’s – Preschool Teachers

Are they kind?

Are they patient?

Do they smile?

Do they use positive discipline and redirection instead of yelling, “Don’t!” or “Stop it!”?

Do they use positive verbal guidance instead of just demanding things from the children?

Do they get down on the child’s level when addressing them?

Do they listen to the child’s concerns and help them come up with solutions?

Do they use positive reinforcement of good behavior?

Will they allow observation?

Will they let you stay with your child for a while at first?

Must Have’s – Safety

Outlets covered or out of reach, all cleaning products in locked storage cabinets, no broken tiles or torn carpets that might cause tripping, temperature well controlled, exterior doors that children can’t unlock, bookcases and other climbable furniture bolted to walls or floor, clean sinks, surfaces and toys.

Must Have’s – the Classroom

Most preschool classrooms are organized into centers and a good preschool will have a combination of some or all of these, with variations, of course. I’ve offered examples of some of the equipment and toys that any preschool should have. They are also fantastic for your your home! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Art Center

Table, easel, paints, paper, staplers, scissors, markers, crayons, glue, seasonal items for holidays, etc.

Music center

Rhythm sticks, cymbals, triangles, bells, drums, autoharp, scarves for movement to music

Science/Discovery Center

Plants, rocks, shells, magnifying glass, balance scales, aquarium, animal/insect cage, small appliances to take apart and explore.

Manipulative Center

Puzzles, open ended toys like Lego or other connecting bricks, collections like keys for sorting, buttons, matching games

Reading Center

Picture books, phonics, first readers, classics, nursery rhymes, books with themes such as colors, shapes, and numbers. (Visit my Usborne Books & More for great children’s books for your home or your child’s preschool!)

Block Center

Wooden unit blocks, hollow cardboard bricks, plus farm animals, small vehicles, etc. to go along with them. Rug for added fun and to keep the noise down.

Housekeeping Center

Child-sized sink, stove, refrigerator, cupboard, pretend foods, dishes, cups, cutlery, pots/pans, telephone, broom and dustpan.

Dramatic Play Center

Dress-up clothes, hats, mirror, dolls and doll beds, armoire/dresser, coat rack.

Other centers ideas: workbench, sand/water play, writing, computer.

Must Have’s – Outdoors

There should be at least 75 square feet of play area for each child surrounded by a sturdy fence. If there is a gate, it’s locked, and children are unable to get out. All equipment in working order with no hazardous areas.

Look for a grassy area and a paved area, climbing equipment of the appropriate size, balls, hoops, ropes, sand/water play, garden, digging toys, ground level balance path/beam, play house, wheeled toys, messy art materials.

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Follow Your Instincts

If you find a preschool that fits the criteria, great job! It might be worth a try. However, always follow your mom instincts. If you don’t feel good about it, even if it fits the basic criteria, move on!  There may be something out of whack that you can’t see.

When your child starts the new preschool, stay with them for a while, helping them adjust. If they cry when you leave, it’s normal.

However, if they continue crying long after you’ve gone or every time you leave them there for weeks, I’d consider taking them out. They might not be ready, or you just may need to try a different school like we did.

Remember, there is no rush!! Trust the instincts God gave you as a mom. Enjoy watching your child succeed in his new adventure!

You may want to read my post: 10 Things to Say to Preschoolers to Give Them Courage and Confidence. I tell you how to prepare your child for new adventures.

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