Yes they do. So far I haven’t written about the Black Lives Matter protests that are happening around the world. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want to say it wrong. I didn’t want to offend. I still don’t know what to say and I still may say it wrong and I still may offend – that is not my intent.
When I heard the phrase, Black Lives Matter, I wanted to say “All lives matter.” I have since been educated to see how that is offensive. Why, you ask? Because for this season, at this moment, we are helping this particular group to have their day and their say. Yes, all lives matter. The point is, until we get some things cleared up and racism acknowledged, we need to help our black brothers and sisters. We do that by focusing on them for a change.
What can I do? Well, for one, I can look at myself. I grew up in a home that told racist jokes and I have told many in my day. It is what I knew and all I knew. I now know better. Once you know better, you can’t go back. You are now aware and you must help, once you get that awareness. I can help by looking at my words and jokes. I remember attending a Bible study back in 2000. One of the women in the group spoke Spanish as her primary language. When she read scripture, I began to cry. Where I grew up, Hispanics were the predominate race in our community. I had a huge prejudice from my youth. Hearing God’s word spoken in a beautiful accent from a precious sister in Christ, melted my heart and convicted me. I had the same thing happen when I spoke at a retreat of predominantly Asian women. God has been chipping away at my prejudices year after year.
This year, we all need to look at it. Black, white, brown, yellow, purple or orange – whatever someone’s color, we need to look at each other as brothers or sisters in Christ. God calls us to love one another.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. – I John 4:7-9 NIV
We all need Jesus. We all need the forgiveness and salvation that comes from God. If you find yourself unsure of what to do to help Black Lives Matter, love. Love everyone you come into contact with. Share Jesus at every opportunity you have.
Let me add this last part – educate yourself. Is love enough? No. We have lived too long in ignorance. You will see your love deepen as you gain knowledge. Learn how brothers and sisters who are different than you have been treated. Understand the built in defenses black men and women have lived with for years. Then love.
Praying we all gain understanding. Praying we all seek forgiveness for our sins of racism. Praying we all grow in wisdom. Praying we all grow!
Dream Big! Pray Big!