Monday, July 18, 2016

Why should all lives matter?

What lives Matter? Do all lives  matter? Do white lives matter? Do only black lives matter?  What about Mexican or Salvadorian lives? Do they matter? On what basis? 

As Christians, that is, a those who have been called, justified, and sanctified by God for his purposes, whose sins have been paid for, what is our view as to whose lives matter? The false narrative that many would ascribe to says that one group of people should be preferred above others because they have been persecuted and enslaved or one group has been supposedly, "blessed by God" over another group.

Multiculturalism suggests that we celebrate our differences.  Scripture suggests that we celebrate our unity. By this I don't mean that I celebrate that I am white and am male. What I mean is that I celebrate my relationship and my unity with all people in Christ. This is what unites me to all believers around the world.  Christianity transcends any physical differences and becomes the thing that is to be celebrated. As Christians, we should understand that it is not about color, origin or language. Those things are not what we celebrate. Because, if we do celebrate them alone, they will separate us and what we end up with are white churches, black churches, Chinese churches and African churches, etc.  Columbus has all of these. (I understand language is a barrier in some instances).  This is what Paul is emphasizing when he says in Colossians 3:10-15.

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Our harmony, as believers,  is based on our commonality which is being part of the same family, God's family. There are no classes and we are all free to serve and love one another.  We have the same Father and the same Spirit bearing witness to the same Word that what God tells us is true.  So, we celebrate our unity not our differences.  By celebrating or emphasizing our differences we become divided and segregated.  By celebrating our unity, we see that we are all equal, valid, valuable, loved and cherished in Christ. None is more valid than another. None is more usable by God than the other.  Those that would divide us have a limited, temporal perspective.  They do not realize that in Christ, we are one.  Revelation 5: 9-10

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth.”

If we are students of the Bible who are accustomed to listening to others to find out what the Scriptures say, then we are at the mercy of their bias and prejudice.  If we are students who would study the Scriptures and find out whether what we are hearing is true or not, then we will be able to validate the truth of those things written herein.  We must interpret correctly and apply what Scripture teaches.  

There is one race. The human race.  All are valuable, all are valid, all have worth and meaning. None more than others.