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Black lives matter: The slogan vs. the organization

The group’s beliefs work against the goal of protecting black lives

Black lives matter, but on several grounds Christians should not support the organization known as Black Lives Matter (BLM). Here’s one of them: BLM declares on its website, “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”

That’s a red light to anyone aware of how the Bible right from its beginning embraces “heteronormative” thinking. Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 say, “God created man in his own image … male and female he created them. … Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” That’s the norm for humans.

Why not say the early chapters of Genesis are mythical, more story than history? One reason among others: Jesus disagrees with that. He told the Pharisees, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female?” Can’t get more heteronormative than that. If we put aside the Biblical norm we’re putting aside both Genesis and Jesus.

Does that make a difference to those who don’t believe the Bible? It should, because those who ignore its first two chapters also lose a big reason for confidently insisting that black lives matter as much as white lives, or any lives. The Bible emphasizes monogenesis, the belief that all humans descend from a single pair of ancestors—and that promotes equality.

The alternative, polygenesis, says humans are descended from multiple first parents: Harvard anthropologist Carleton Coon contended that each race evolved separately from an earlier species and that blacks are 200,000 years behind whites and Asians. His theory has no scientific backing, but it obviously opens the door to racism. We’ll have more about this, and BLM’s class warfare emphasis as well, in a future issue of the magazine.

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  • Rob S
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 05:49 pm

    The movement should be rebranded to separate itself from the organization.

    How about Cherish Black Lives  or Value Black Lives...?

  • Laura W
    Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 11:11 am

    I'm not sure how possible it would be to get many people on board with that. BLM is quite good as a slogan. I think you lose some of the force of the statement by changing it into an imperative. As it is, the slogan emphasizes the inherent worth of black people, while the rewrites turn the focus elsewhere, onto the listeners. "Black lives matter" implies a conclusion--so treat them like they do. "Cherish/value black lives" doesn't give a clear reason for why this is a good thing to do.

    So maybe it's just me, but I think it might be better to look at ways to distance from the BLM organization without ditching the slogan.

  • MU
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 05:57 pm

    I am utterly apalled.

  • DD
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 06:51 pm

    The movement itself is based on the slogan "Hands up, Don't Shoot" referring to the Michael Brown case. This is a blatant misrrepresentation of that tragic incident. It is appalling to see people jump on board with the Black Lives Matter crowd without realizing the crumbling foundation underneath. As noted in Olasky's column, the Bible has the cure for racism. Folks who turn their back on God's word sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. God help us!

  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 10:37 pm

    Thank you for addressing this issue. Thank you also for this building-block kind of preface.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 06/27/2020 11:15 am

    Mr Olasky, It's always easy to criticize. Doing something positive is much harder. This is a real question I hope we in the church can answer. How can we help change the current system of injustice and inequality to Blacks? What specifically can I do without sending money to groups whose total value packages don't match my own? Statements such as, "Christ is the answer," "Only God can change hearts," "The Bible tells us," etc. have always been true. They were true when the current situation was developing over the centuries in our country's history. Can we get more specific? Are there practical steps which I as a senior woman in my white evangelical neighborhood and church can take to help change the racism prevalent in our country? Thanks!

  • SamIamHis
    Posted: Sun, 06/28/2020 12:02 pm

    West Coast Gramma, criticism of this group is justified.  Google Black Lives Matter and you will find their foundational statements to be offensive and non-constructive.  As is often true of activist organizations, there goals are far from bringing healing to the black community. I am so saddened that the young people of today have associated themselves with this organization, thinking it represents answers when what it really represents is anarchy.  The tearing down of our civilization is their standard.  

    Urging sound black leaders to make a stand is a start.  The liberal black leaders who are most vocal have encouraged and condoned these thugs by not speaking against the violence and destruction they are spewing.   

    I don't believe we have systemic racism in American.   That is a term that is used to inflict guilt, confusion and ultimately control over people who are decent and hard working.  There are examples (on a very small scale) of racism just as there are all across the globe.  This nation, though not perfect, is a nation that has been blessed beyond measure by the God who rains on whom he will.  We are now, as a nation, reaping the results of turning our backs on Him and that is true of all races in this nation. 

    My best advice:  get on our knees and seek His forgiveness just as Solomon and Daniel did. Love people right where you are and find organizations that are working toward the real issues in the black community.  A black pastor said it best last week, "The most important thing that can occur within the black community is for decent men to mentor young black boys.  The lack of fathers in the home, whether through incarceration or just absenteeism, is the biggest contributor to what is going wrong in the black communities in the cities."  
     

  • Bob R
    Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 08:56 pm

    Martin Luther King dreamed of a day when his children would be judged, not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. How about we start there?

  • Janet B
    Posted: Sat, 06/27/2020 12:01 pm

    So glad you are addressing this organization.

  • CB
    Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 02:17 pm

    I am glad World tackled this (finally). There is a big difference between treating all equally, loving our neighbors as it were, and what the BLM organization espouses. 

    Christianity is the most inclusive religion in the world. Jesus invites all of us sinners. The BLM organization is anything but inclusive. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 03:40 pm

    Marvin is spot on with this post. The "Black Lives Matter" Organization was founded and is run by Marxists:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyhy4IvkENg#:~:text=BLM%20Co-Founder%20Patrisse%20Cullors%20admits%20BLM%20is%20a,Marxist%20Organisation%20%22We%20are%20Marxists%2C%20We%20are%20Ideological%22

    With roots in Marxism it is no wonder BLM espouses opposition to the "heteronormative thinking" that Marvin references above, in addition to seeking to "disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement ... "

    There are many ways to participate with and support the black community in America without joining league with Marxists. You can donate to worthy organizations such as the Woodson Center or The House DC, mentor and/or tutor in localities that have a desperate need, work at soup kitchens in poor inner cities or, if you're white, join a predominately black Bible-believing church.

    That's not white guilt that's the love of Jesus.

  • Bob R
    Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 08:37 pm

    The Left comes unglued when you suggest the phrase, "All Lives Matter", so I suggest an alternative that the vast majority of Black people can get behind; how about "All Black Lives Matter"?  The organization, while clearly using the actions of a very small handful of police to promote a false narrative and further their socialist revolution, care nothing about the thousands of Blacks killed each year in our inner cities.

    Case in point; a man was arrested for a gun crime, then released the next morning!  Three hours later, he killed a seven-year old black girl eating ice cream in the back of her mom's car.  Where is the outrage over this young girl, and the thousands like her?  No one will know her name, or march in protest over the loss of this black life!  If you don't see the hypocrisy here, you have a seriously defective brain and heart.