All Lives Matter

I,like many Americans, are hurting at the state of race relations in our country. We seem to have forgotten the lessons of racial equality we had learned and instead look for ways to harbor and bear the weight of hate across our land. We are broken and bleeding.

Many point at this person or that leader for this systemic failure. I am reminded of the scripture that tells us there is a bigger culprit at work: Evil.

Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”ESV

It is evil that pulls the trigger, the gun is just a tool.

It is evil that jabs the knife, the knife is just a tool.

It is evil that spews hate and calls for murder; the mouth is just a tool.

Evil wins when love is removed or rejected. Those who choose the path of hate accept evil into their hearts and lives to bring decay and destruction. Evil wins.

All lives matter.

·                Infant lives, children’s lives, teen lives, adult lives and senior lives matter.

·                Law Enforcement lives matter, as do criminal lives.

·                Black lives matter. White lives matter. Brown lives matter. Red lives matter. Yellow lives matter. If there is life on Mars then grey and green lives matter as well. All lives matter.

·                Homosexual lives matter. Heterosexual lives matter.

We err Biblically and socially if we raise any race, style, color or person above another.

Paul wrote to the church in Colossae that “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”  (Colossians 3:11 ESV) The ground is level at the Cross! There is no difference no matter who you are or where you come from! Stop looking at physical or mental differences and focus on the spiritual realm! We are in a spiritual battle, not a physical one.

Murder is wrong. Anger is wrong. Hate is wrong. Wrath, slander, gossip, obscene talk, evil desires, arrogance, pride, self-serving, immorality and evil scheming are wrong and must be take off like the coveralls worn while working in the pig pen! They were a filthy stain on our lives that needs to be removed and discarded!

Put on the clean life of righteousness,kindness, tolerance kindness, humility, forgiveness, patience and, most of all,love!

Any person or group that calls for the murder or destruction of another person or group is outside the Will and Word of God.

Racism, Bullying, Manipulation,Attacks, Murder, Gossip and Hate are incompatible with Biblical Christianity. Thankfully, even though they seem so prevalent today, they will not endure! Three things will endure: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these three is love!