Over the past few weeks, I have heard a lot about this movement, and I, like I think many others, initially responded with the same reaction I’ve heard from others: surely ALL lives matter? But since then I’ve read up and educated myself a bit, and I’d like to share what I have learned.
The BLM movement is not saying that only black lives matter, they never once said that that I can find a record of. They are just highlighting black lives because they are the ones currently in danger, being murdered by Police and discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.
Think of it this way: If we say “save the whales”, we’re not also saying “ignore all the other fish”. If we say that “we stand with Manchester” we don’t also say “forget about London”. If we wear a pink ribbon for “breast cancer awareness”, we’re not diminishing the importance of other types of cancer awareness. We make a stand with the group that needs our help at the time, and at this time the Black Lives movement is that group.
I invite you to open your bible to look at Luke 15: 1-7. The Parable of the Lost Sheep tells of a shepherd who has 100 sheep, and when one goes missing, he leaves the 99 to search for the 1 that is lost. Now, the other 99 might rightly say “But what about us? Don’t we matter?” The parable tells us yes, they do matter, but they are not the ones in danger, the one is, and this is what the BLM movement is about.
This is only a scratch on the surface of all the material out there about BLM. Don’t just say “as a Christian, I believe that ALL lives matter” rather I encourage you to have a look for yourself, find out more about why this movement is so important.