When the King of the universe announced that Gentile lives mattered does any one remember what the fallout was? Was there any reason for anyone to say “all lives matter”? Our moral guide tells us that lying is abominable and the American legislation that makes lying to the FBI a crime is the glory of the bottom of the civilized barrel.
Watered down to vanity
The standards of justice have been a word game for most of my short life and the biblical record shows an early departure from philanthropy and hospitality. The biblical narratives show that even when cautions abound about the treatment of servants and foreigners the oppression permeated society all the way to the exile of Judah. Humans have been more interested in their finances than in the liberties provided in law (Jeremiah 34:8ff)
The fallout of getting the Gentile mission under way was the absurd attempt to turn the church into an imitation of Judaism. Paul talks about it as a “thing sneaked in” while Peter talks about it as “a dog returning to his vomit for seconds”. The lives of Gentiles are valuable without comparison to Jewish lives. The lives of Africans are valuable without comparison to other lives.
“All lives matter” is the opening salvo from people who want to deny the fact of their own virulent cowardice and are ready with talking points that do not address their own fingers dripping with the pie of superiority and discrimination. Next on their agenda is “blame the victim”: Black people are responsible for their plight. Perhaps there is a story about the oppression of White people by people of African descent.
We can imagine that these “All Lives Matter” activists were never “Black and Proud” and were never convicted about the abuse of Black people. Listening to them talk about blackness is not a great use of our time. If they had the liberation of Black people on their front burner they would generate a set of proposals instead of finding fault with various expressions by leaders of Black Lives Matter. They are the hot air outfit; mercenaries for the misguided evangelical caliphate.
When we say “Girls deserve to be educated” and you tell us “Boys deserve to be educated” whose side are you on?