We Must Speak Up

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I’ve been pulled over by police six times. Never once did I feel like my life was in danger. Never once was I concerned that the lives of my passengers were in danger. A few times, when I was stopped for speeding, I was let off with just a warning.

My life experience is radically different from what blacks face on a daily basis. I’ve never been singled out, called out, followed or targeted because of my skin color. That’s privilege.

In recent days I’ve heard people say, "I’m uncomfortable singling out one group. Don’t all lives matter?"

Many of us remember the children’s song that says, "All are precious in His sight." Yes, all lives matter, but saying "All lives matter," cheapens the specific injustice blacks experience daily in this sinful world. By saying this, we diminish the seriousness of those that ARE speaking up about the injustice in this world.

Valuing the lives of black people in our community in no way devalues the lives of others.

The past few days have highlighted the systemic racism problem in our society. Racism is ugly. The open profiling and singling out of people of color is disgusting. It lurks in the shadows, like Lucifer himself.

Sadly, the Christian church has been silent on this issue for far too long. We have to stand up for our black brothers and sisters. We owe it to God and our community to stand up. Our faith demands it.

Take a moment and read James 2. Everywhere you see the word "poor," replace it with "black." Replace the word "rich" with "white."

This is not a political issue. Standing up for others isn't political. Marching peacefully for change isn't political. Jesus stood up for the oppressed and calls us to do the same.

This is a moral issue. This is a humanity issue, and God calls us to speak up. We cannot be silent. Black Lives Matter!

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." Proverbs 31:8–9

"This is what the Lord says: Preserve justice, and do what is right. My salvation is about to come. My righteousness is about to be revealed. Blessed is the one who does these things and the person who holds on to them." Isaiah 56:1–2