There has been a great deal in the news recently regarding race relations. White supremacists marching in Charlottesville, VA. Black rallies across the country calling for an end to white police officers shooting black men. Protests regarding discrimination against the LGBTG community also dot the nation.
This does not only affect America as similar protests have sprung up around the whole globe. Persecuted Christians, refugee Muslims, unemployed Venezuelans, disease ridden people and the poor in South Africa all have something to protest. In every case it is someone in search of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness being denied one or all of these conditions.
The Bible has its share of divisiveness with the Jews and the Gentiles, the Israelites and the Egyptians and the Christians and the Pagans. The best way to destroy a society is to introduce division among its people and have them take up arms against themselves. If the British had been smart in the 1770's, they would have pit the Americans against each other in some form or fashion and have them destroy themselves. Then the British could have marched in and mopped up the mess and would still be in power today. Had they waited another 90 years, they could have seen this in action with the American Civil War.
Black Lives matter has brought scrutiny on the NFL and even high school football games as athletes take a knee during the National Anthem. Millions have died so that these athletes are allowed to take a knee without repercussion from the state. It is almost disrespectful to the men and women in uniform and the families of those lost in war for anyone to disrespect our flag and what it stands for. Yet today it is occurring dividing the country and pitting neighbor against neighbor, American against American. Divide and conquer right?
The message of the Bible is not that black lives matter but that all lives matter. Almost 2,000 years ago, one man allowed Himself to be nailed on a cross for all to see and died a sinless man so that we might experience a world without pain, suffering and death. Jesus did not die for the Jews or even the Christians. Jesus died for all mankind. He died for the blacks, the whites, the gay and straight, the rich and the poor. There will come a day when all this will be revealed and we will see the folly of our efforts here on earth.
During Jesus ministry, a lawyer asked him this. We read in Luke 10:
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’and ‘your neighbor as yourself.
And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus told him the story of the Good Samaritan. The Jews in their righteousness passed by this poor man on the street but the Samaritan in his sins gave of himself and saw to the man's well being. We should all emulate the Good Samaritan. All men are our brothers and neighbors whether black or white or gay or poor. We should do as the Good Samaritan did and help where we can no matter the person's race or gender.
All lives matter must be our mantra and that which we should stand and promote. For when the end of days comes, we will not be judged on how much money we made or how many accolades we received or how much land we acquired. We will be judged on how well we cared for our fellow brother or sister. How far out of our way did we go to help another. Jesus said in Matthew 25: ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
All lives matter my friends. We need to put down our signs and our hatreds and embrace each other for who we really are- Children of God. For in His eyes we are all brothers and sisters and worthy of His Son's death and sacrifice on the cross.
And that's the Whole Truth!
God Bless and remember God always answers His kneemail.