I see churches who are in favor of black lives matter. I just want to share my opinion about this. Bear in mind that I believed in the separation of state and church. And I am against racism. You see, there are underlying problems within the agenda itself. You may not agree with what I will say but since some churches agree with the black lives matter agenda, I assumed that you are also in favor of riots, destroying of properties, looting and stealing? And that is never Christ-likeness. We all know that this incident is not knew given the previous issues surrounding this movement, right? There are recorded incidents happened prior to this Floyd incident, right? So, I assumed you are aware of it?
Proverbs 29:18 ESV Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Church, how are you? I know I am not in the position to say this. I am not a pastor. My faith is currently not on fire and I am nowhere denying that I don’t commit sins or whatever. That is not the issue. But is becoming relevant is now a part of the “new church normal”? I get the point that we have to pray for them, pray for the family of Floyd. Love all races. There is no discrimination with God. Jesus loves his children regardless of the color. These are all true. But what you are doing is conniving with the schemes of the devil. The devil will attack in ways that we thought are good and pleasant. This black lives matter movement is a perfect example of it.
Matthew 15:14 ESV Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
We should stand for the faith we believed in. But standing for a worldly agenda is something that is against the will of God. Especially if the cause is not pleasing to God, when it has a bad reputation and representation to some and could cause division within the Christian communities. This movement has been shrouded with diversionary schemes and propagandas pitting the democrats vs liberals, black vs white, pro vs anti-government, state vs religion, morals vs justice and pagans vs Chrisitians to clash. That is nowhere in the Bible.
1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Some religious groups would do prayer vigil. That is much better. That’s what we Christians should do in these times of covid and chaos. I don’t condemn churches that explicitly supports a worldly cause. But I want to ask you a personal question, what do you think will Jesus do in times like this?
How To Address This Issue As A Christian
With the Black Lives Matter controversy, Chrisitians are torn on how to address this kind of issue. How to react in this situation without compromising your faith? How to show God’s love without offending anyone?
1- Remain Calm.
Matthew 6:27 NIV Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I get that the protest has gone viral and it’s all over the internet. It has taken the social media by storm after the unjust treatment of George Floyd from a police brutality suffocating him to death. However, Jesus Christ is not reckless when it comes to His emotions. Quoting the verses of Matthew 21:12-13 where Jesus overturned the temple tables of the money changers might have gotten Jesus to react irrationally, but it’s only because it violated the essence of the church not because of the social issues happening outside the synagogue.
2- Pray Without Ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV pray without ceasing
This has been the Christ-like answer of many Christians when it comes to dealing with personal battles, for the church and for the world. Pray for one another, pray for revival, pray for the world towards its destruction that was already written in the book of Revelation. Christians, praying is our strongest weapon. Jesus showed his disciples everyday how He prayed early in the morning, before He do any miracles, before He preaches the gospel and ending His day with prayer. It’s our communication and communion with God. We often hear these phrases, “the battle is not yours but God.” It is, and it will remain infinite.
3- Control Your Emotion.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Just as how Jesus controlled Himself when Satan is luring Him into temptation with the promise of great credibility and convincing spectacle of worldly riches and dominion. Jesus didn’t allow the snare of the devil to influence Him. He is God in the first place and He could just get all that riches by Himself or show His superiority against the devil. But instead, He controlled His emotions and didn’t allow Himself to be tempted.
4- Express With Love And Compassion.
Acts 10:34-35 NIV Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
With all the riots, and the unwanted situations such as looting, stealing, destroying of properties and an account of death, it’s inevitable not to feel remorse or mad with the protesters. That is our difference as a Christian. I know that sometimes it’s hard to show love and compassion especially when we are in a heated commotion, but just as how we treat our brethrens, we should also show the same love and compassion to other religions, beliefs and races. Christians should never tolerate racism. In the same manner, Christians shouldn’t tolerate bad behaviors, especially when it is a threat to peace and order or chaos to other people and to the community. We can sympathize with their agenda for the on-going black lives matter, but we should also draw the line.
5- Do Not Conform To The Secular Standard.
Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Being relevant doesn’t necessarily mean bad. However, as a Christian we should be relevant by sharing the gospel using the modern methods and any means of helping others. If being relevant means doing the same secular things, acting in a manner of how the world is doing it, and engaging in a protest that would compromise your faith, I believe you should reflect on yourself and pray that God will see your motives. Beacause instead of taking them to church, sharing them the gospel and encourage, it would go the other way around? This world is under its destruction. We are at the last age and Rapture will take place anytime soon.
As a Christian, we can sympathize and show compassion by praying for them, sharing them the gospel, make Jesus known to them for salvation and if we could help in other ways, then do so. However, doing the things they do, joining in the protest, participating in their agendas and going with the flow just to be relevant is never pleasing to God. We love the sinners, but hate their sins. In the same way, we show them the Christ-likeness not conniving with their worldly scheme. That is why, Christians are the salt and light of this world. Furthermore, it has always been said that state and church are two different entities. We should abide with the authority in the land because Jesus said so in the Bible. We could also express our freedom because it is our right. However, we should also be mindful to others.
Romans 13:9 NIV The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
In this regard, I pray for the family of George Floyd, and all the victims of all races brought upon by the riots and anarchy that took place in the United States. Remember that Jesus loves all the races, and in the same way, we Christians love them too. You matter with Christ. All people matter!