Black Lives Matter to Jesus Too
According to 2 Nephi 26:33, God “doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.
I might be stretching this scripture beyond all reason by suggesting that the word black refers to race in the above scriptural reference. I most likely am. But, the fact that ALL humans are alike to the Lord is not a stretch of the imagination. God values Black people. He desires Black people to be like Him and to return to Him.
If every life matters to God, that INCLUDES Black lives. This flies in opposition of some of the rhetoric from instigators I have read on the internet saying, “Let’em kill each other!” Now, that phrase has come from both good and bad people. It has been uttered by White and Black people. It was in reference to one group or another.
What is wrong with saying Black Lives Matter?
Does that negate the lives of the other 6 billion people on the planet? All lives are not experiencing the same effects from society as Black lives.
A professor asked a group of White people in a meeting if they would like to be treated with the same respect Black people in America are treated to stand. Guess how many White people stood.
Not one! From this tiny example, it is noteworthy to really question if society thinks that Black Lives Matter. In theory. they do. In practice... needs improvement.
Jesus Christ revealed to Joseph Smith that “the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound” referring to what shall happen in the last days before the advent of Christ second coming. Stating that any group of people, irrespective of their race or ethnicity or affiliation, should cease to exist is the height of anti-Christ behavior. It is the prerogative of God to determine who should cease and who should continue. The love, decency towards people is diminishing. It is sad because in many places, especially America, people are just now gaining a sense of equality where they can expect decency.
It is easier for society to absolve itself of its responsibility to its members than to hold to the truth that all of humanity is keeper to each other, it is only natural. The natural, however, is opposed to celestial thinking. Only when natural desires comply with spiritual enlightenment from God can a solution to the problems of society come about. People, especially Christians, are supposed to see after humanity—to be the salt of the earth. Good people are supposed to examine why so many Blacks kill each other and seek a way to halt the violence—to care.
There should be investigations into why so many Black men die in police custody, whether it is the fault of the detainee or not, to make sure justice is truly blind. Of course the solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness, because “the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them,” Alma 31:5. No social program will work to make Black Lives Matter to other Blacks or anyone else save the gospel. That being true, good people should still try.
If a segment of society screams, “Ouch, you are hurting me!”
Society should respond, “How can we change that?” …and then work on it.
Black Lives Matter Too, not only because they are human beings and deserve the protection of the law with equal significance as other people, but because they are children of God. This group is treated like the relative that no one wanted to invite to the party by some people. And it could be all their fault too! There is an abundance of blame to spare and share.
Black people who suffer could very well be the means to their own destruction, just like the Nephites destroyed themselves. God endeavored with great measures to recover the Nephites. He is doing the same for all of His Children that are lost, including the Black people. True followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ seek to recover the lost and fallen and endeavor to restore dignity to the image of God, which image they, Black people, have.
Do Black Lives Matter to You?
© 2016 Rodric Anthony Johnson