Black Lives Matter. Saying those words in a conversation will earn people mixed responses ranging from disgust to understanding. Others will express confusion or are simply unfeeling toward the movement. No matter what the reaction may be to those
words, whether it is befuddlement or curiosity, there are plenty of ways the Black Lives Matter movement will affect everyone today and well into the future. Christians have an obligation to hold every single life dear and near to their hearts. Race does not matter. Occupation does not matter. The Good Samaritan did not stop to ask the beaten man if he was a police officer or a man from Chicago. We must act the same toward our downtrodden brothers and sisters who cry out for justice in the streets and petition for help in a legal system that sometimes seems be so unfairly stacked against them.
The Christian’s obligation lies within the words at the end of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:36-37. Jesus asks the expert in the law who the neighbor of the beaten man was in this passage. The expert says it was the one who had mercy on the
beaten man. Jesus affirms this and tells the expert to go and do the same to those who are oppressed and abused.
The Black Lives Matter movement does not promote, nor does it condone, police violence, retaliation or crime of any sort. The results of the pent-up anger and frustration of some of its followers, unfortunately, have given the entire movement a shameful reputation in the media and in the eyes of many Americans.One lone wolf attack does not make the entire movement about killing all law enforcement officers.
According to the Black Lives Matter website, the movement “advocates for dignity, justice and respect” and is “committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for black people and by extension all people.”
These guiding principles–while there are various examples of people who do not follow these rules–are evidence of the deeper desire of the entire movement.
This movement will not go away soon. The evidence of its effect on society was exemplified by the
movement’s presence in TIME magazine’s Person of the Year edition in 2015 as number four on the list. The Black Lives Matter movement is multi-dimensional, each aspect of local chapters different than the other, whether they are on campuses, in underfunded neighborhoods, or near the hum of Wall Street. It is the church’s job to see the need for justice and love, and act accordingly, no matter how big or small, because all people are equal under the ever-watchful eyes of God