“We say so often … do black lives matter? And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter — regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds? All lives matter.”
The above quote is from an African-American, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. It was spoken at a news conference over the week-end following the murder of a Memphis police officer, Sean Bolton, 33, who was shot multiple times Saturday night. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later pronounced dead.
Speaking of Bolton, a white man, Armstrong said, “Last night, we lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member.”
Officer Armstrong’s comments seem to be a bit of a push back against the liberal Black activist group “Back Lives Matter” whose rallying cry is against blacks unfairly targeted by police.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins, and currently a candidate for President, was more direct when he recently spoke at a rally to defund Planned Parenthood. He called the movement “divisive” and “silly.”
“Of course all lives matter. I don’t want to get into it, it’s so silly,” said Dr. Carson, “Black lives are part of all lives, right? When we’re talking about a culture of life, then we ought to be talking about a culture of life and not allow ourselves to get caught up in all the divisive rhetoric and terminology and political correctness. It’s the reason we can’t make any progress as a society.”
In fact, Presidential candidates from both the right and the left, including Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush, have been criticized for saying “All lives matter.” O’Malley recently apologized for saying “all lives matter.”
“We’re so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying lives matter?” commented Jeb Bush. “Life is precious. It’s a gift from God. I frankly think that it’s one of the most important values that we have.
Of course, African-American Pro Life groups have been saying that “Black Lives Matter” since abortion was legalized with the decision of Roe v Wade in 1973. According to one source, over 16 million black babies have been slaughtered by the abortion mills in the past 40 years. They account for almost 40% of all abortions.
Yes, black lives matter. White lives matter. The unborn lives matter. All lives matter.
Because life is a gift from God. He is the Creator. The Giver of life. And the Sustainer of life. The apostle affirmed this Truth in his sermon on Mars Hill in Athens. He proclaimed that “God…made the world and everything in it…And he has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…..for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.” (Acts 17:24-31).
Sadly, some folks in our mixed up, messed up world, get more worked up over the shooting of a lion named Cecil than they are over the murder of over 58 million unborn babies and the selling of their body parts.
The Bible says that “God so loved the world.” That means Black. White. Hispanic. Asian. And the unborn in the womb. All are created in the image and likeness of God, with an eternal soul that is valued by the Almighty.
As a kid, I remember singing a song in Bible class that goes like this.
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world
In a secular society that is fractured by partisan politics, humanistic dogma, political correctness and immoral philosophies remember this: Life Matters. All Life Matters. Because God is its source.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman