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Into the Heart of the Matter

True Righteous Eternal Principles are not the property of a particular faith per se, but the heritage of ALL people of faith and principle.

The question that needs an answer is: Can Black Christians support the sentiment that Black lives matter even though there is a group that supports it called Black Lives Matter--a group considered by many anti-God and anti-Christian?

The answer is: Yes they can. They can because of the truth that all lives matter! It is all perception based on information or the absence of information.

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It is our privilege to seek understanding of those who are hurting and invite them out of the hurt and into the healing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Truth Versus Perception of Truth

Markedly the most influential Black American of the modern era, Martin Luther King Junior was a preacher of the peaceable things of Jesus Christ as the way to inner peace and outer peace. His writings support a liberal idea that all people are equally acceptable as they are and will be, in my estimation. Let's begin.

A discussion occurred in a pro-Black group of people regarding the theme of an upcoming event. The theme, Black Lives Matter, prompted an outspoken Black person in the group to lambast the group, mind you, a pro-Black group, with the connotatively hurtful epitaph “All Lives Matter.”

Because the group is also a supporter of Christian values, Jesus invites his followers to extol, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” [John 13:34-35]

Catered heavily to this rouser’s sentiment of “All Lives Matter,” which all lives DO matter, the rouser wittingly, or unwittingly, sowed seeds of discord in the group that only wanted to advertise the celebration of the truth of the importance of humanity, with a focus on the shared heritage of race in the group.

Virtually, this person decried the true Christianity of the group if it did not agree that all lives matter, which, again, all lives matter. This self-appointed rouser took the cross to awaken the members of this group from the slumber of ignorance, victim-lust!

Somewhere in the tumult of words and war of opinion, there was a fundamental disconnect between the meaning of Black lives matter from both political perspectives. While the rouser, “roused,” the members of the group’s rapacious reaving of the character of the rouser created uncharitable contention.

Of course Black lives matter. The movement Black Lives Matter brings awareness to the reality and eternal truth that Black lives matter.

Yes, all lives matter. In the true nature of our Master Jesus Christ, He caters to the groups in need first to situate them and make sure they are a part of the whole all lives matter truth.

It is our privilege to seek understanding of those who are hurting and invite them out of the hurt and into the healing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When they say, "Black lives matter" or "Black Lives Matter," people of goodwill can assume the best and agree with that truth. Whether it is the political organization or the sentiment expressed through that organization, it points to an opportunity to serve.

Paul explained to the Roman Saints to give every person his or her due in acknowledgment and respect and to “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8. Paul then emphasizes why as Saints of Jesus Christ, love fulfills the law. It fulfills the law because “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Romans 13:10]

In other words, Black lives matter, so let Black Lives Matter, matter.

What is the Law?

The law is ORDER. God requires order. If there is love His followers, there will remain order. Contention is the opposite of order, the opposite of God. The enemies of God are confusion and ignorance caused by chaos and disorder--Satan’s tactics.

Paul taught the Saints in Italy that they should be subject to the rule of law. The laws are approved of God for the safety of His children, who are all of humankind. There are order and understanding to help a society exist without chaos, the laws of the land.

Justification for sin is the law of eternity and must also be obeyed. Love fulfills the law in that Jesus Christ paid the price for the justification of sins of humanity having no sin Himself of which to atone.

The law is fulfilled by love, the disciples exemplifying that love as did the Masters. The law is whatever governs society. As Saints of Jesus Christ, we obey the laws of the land to love each other out of respect for our relationship as children of God and siblings.

Joseph Smith gave as one of thirteen articles of faith in agreement with Paul in a letter written to John Wentworth of the Chicago Democrat explaining the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he offered, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” [Articles of Faith 1:12]

The rouser of the group assumed that chaos meant taking the teachings of Jesus to mean something they do not by claiming no other lives matter as much as Black lives when that was missing the mark of the sentiment. The law is giving credit and honor where credit and honor are due. Or, as Jesus is credited with saying to those who would question His loyalty to the Gospel culture of His time or the Roman culture, “Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” [Matthew 22:21]

In other words, Black lives matter, so let Black Lives Matter, matter.

The rabble-rouser could not get past the political movement and the political machinations associated with the label Black Lives Matter that it seems to represent. At one point, I found myself where this person exists psychologically.

What I have concluded is that I believe in family and its eternal nature through the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. Eventually, we will move beyond our need to identify by race, nation, or ethnicity and define ourselves by our glory as Men and Women of Glory--like the Man of Glory we call Father in Heaven, God.

Echoing Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cries, “love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ, is the most potent instrument available in mankind’s quest for peace and security.” [1] It is an ongoing journey for all lives and specifically, Black lives.

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We can heal the hurt in the US by acknowledging the cry of a people still yelling "OUCH!" for phantom pangs of slavery and systematic racism of the Jim Crow Era.

Know Your Audience

If I spoke to a group of people from the nation of China, a place where religious freedom is precarious, I would tell them their Lives Matter. They do not live in the United States of America with the feelings of oppression that comes from the history of mistakes and repentance that led to two major course corrections, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, though course corrections are needed in China too. Their oppression is different. Their needs and pains are different. They do not need to hear Black lives matter, per se.

We can heal the hurt in the US by acknowledging the cry of a people still yelling "OUCH!" for phantom pangs of slavery and systematic racism of the Jim Crow Era.

Historic Civil Rights March

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Why Does Saying, “All Lives Matter!” Count as Hate Speech?

Racism is like peripheral neuropathy, the “result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body” [2]. There may be nothing physically going on in the place that is hurting, but the nerves are still extremely sensitive (or dull) from medical trauma.

As someone suffering from peripheral neuropathy, I assert that my pain matters--especially to me!

Others may fail to see or understand this pain of mine not ever knowing it, but it hurts constantly daily--all day. Telling someone in my predicament that all pain matters (sore throats, paper cuts, and such) does not help me deal with my nerve pain.

Such an attitude, a lack of empathy, contributes to the sufferer's thought, "No person cares that I am in pain or wants to understand that it is not a pain that can be worked through or hidden well."

As a peripheral neuropathy sufferer and empathetic human, I know other people have pain. Notice, please, when I am in the throes of my pain, I need special treatment that cannot occur under normal remedies. I need special attention. Jesus understood that when offering the parable of the lost coin and the lost sheep.

As a Black American, and empathetic human, I realize all lives matter. Notice, please, that if a group of people is in the throes of fear, that group needs special treatment that cannot occur within the normal channels. The group needs special attention. Jesus understood that when offering the parable of the lost coin and the lost sheep.

Church leader President Dallin H. Oaks understands it evidenced by his declaration to a group of predominately White college students when he said,

Of course, Black lives matter. That is an eternal truth all reasonable people should support. Unfortunately, that persuasive banner was sometimes used or understood to stand for other things that do not command universal support." [3]

Black lives matter and the movement/organization Black Lives Matter, in my estimation as a person who identifies with the Conservative Right and Republican party, makes sense when I think of it in a way that relates to my pains.

The thoughtful protester in the pro-Black Christian group thought of it as a war cry as many of the members of the group probably do think of it in that manner also despite their Christian covenants. That, however, is fine. We start from where we are and grow hopefully toward a better understanding and practice along the covenant path of life.

Martin Luther King Jr. taught that

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love... There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. [1]

Ultimately, pointing us toward Jesus Christ supersedes the tribes we have attached ourselves to in life. As long as we have dialogue, a willingness to know that we all have perspectives and sentiments to improve, and that blame does not necessarily come from one direction and fall precisely in the opposite place, there is hope for improvement.

Remembering the Efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ending with scripture sacred to me and relevant to my faith in Christ located in Doctrine and Covenants 8:2-3, we learn truths intellectually and emotionally. It is our privilege to balance out the understanding of the mind with the understanding of the heart to gain a perfect or complete understanding. I earnestly assert Dr. King would concur.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony

Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 19, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for reading. I appreciate your encouragement.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 18, 2021:

God sure doesn't care what color anyone is, and the Bible is for all of us. I agree that Martin Luther King was a wonderful teacher. We all need to forgive, as he taught people. I think this is a wonderful article, Rodric.

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