Dr. Richard Land Answers: How Should Christians Respond to Black Lives Matter?

FILE PHOTO: A huge Black Lives Matter banner is seen at the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Question:  There’s strong social pressure to support Black Lives Matter, but how should Christians process this movement and should they support it?

In light of the recent societal and cultural upheavals related to racism and social justice, it is vitally important for Evangelicals to be explicit and forthright about how their spiritual convictions guide them on these issues. As an Evangelical institution called to equip students to proclaim the Gospel, engage the culture, and defend the truth (including the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible), Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) stands for the inherent value of all human life (Gen. 1:27) and against racism in all its insidious forms (Zech. 7:10Prov. 28:16Acts 10:34-35Gal. 3:28) while also acknowledging that some professing Christians throughout the church’s history have attempted to hijack the Gospel message for racist causes.

Evangelicals certainly affirm the belief that “Black Lives Do Matter.” In fact, all human lives are sacred, whatever their ethnicity. Why? The fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to purchase eternal salvation for every human being who will accept Him as their Lord and Savior makes every human being’s life sacred.

Dr. Richard D. Land (Photo: The Christian Post/Katherine T. Phan)

However, in the midst of the very emotion-laden debate currently rending the social fabric of our society as we seek once again to deal with the racism that has always been the serpent in America’s Eden, it is critically important to take extraordinary measures to do everything within our power not to be misunderstood, as well as seeking to bring greater understanding to the discussion.

Consequently, while nearly all true Evangelicals affirm that “black lives matter” as a subset of “all human lives are sacred,” we must separate ourselves emphatically from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which espouses beliefs that are antithetical to basic foundational tenets of the Christian faith. The BLM organization espouses an anti-biblical definition of love, freedom, and justice, as well as opposing the nuclear family and promoting same-sex and transgender ideologies, and is a self admittedly Marxist organization. (see BlackLivesMatter.com).

Along with fellow Evangelical ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the American Family Association, SES has grave, fundamental disagreements with BLM’s moral, cultural, and political agenda. Consequently, Evangelicals should not mouth the mantra “black lives matter,” lest we be misunderstood as supporting their godless agenda.

Having stated this position, it is important to acknowledge that the cancer of racism still exists in America. Racism plagues every nation because this disgusting form of sinful human pride is common to the fallen human condition (Jer. 17:9Rom. 3:23). We are committed to fighting the corruption and darkness of racism with the salt of the law and the light of the Gospel (Matt. 5:13-16), understanding that all of us are part of the one human race (Gen. 1:26-28).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Richard D. Land

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