Do all lives matter, have equal value, have worth, have significance? We know that all lives matter to God. He told us so Himself, for example, in John 3:16, “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, AMP).
But do all lives matter to you? I implore you to pause instead of giving a reflexive, “Of course,” answer. Because all lives do not matter until Black lives matter. Do Black Lives matter to you? What is a Black life worth to you? What are Black lives worth to you? Are Black lives worth the discomfort of facing the truth that racism has been interwoven into the fabric of the United States of America? That we do not live in a post racial society and the American dream has existed right alongside the American nightmare for people of color? That racism has existed in the American Church?//
Do all lives matter, have equal value, have worth, have significance? We know that all lives matter to God. He told us so Himself. But do all lives truly matter to you, a Christian who is not Black? I am asking this as a Black woman. I am asking as your sister in Christ. I am asking as a member of the Body of Christ. You cannot say that all lives matter and mean it, if Black lives do not matter. And your words are most effective when they are spoken with your daily life, not just your mouth.
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Worth.” The content after the // was written after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.