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.
Satan’s Plan for the Negro
Black people, especially in the United States are still feeling the effects of slavery. It is not unique to the United States, but Black people are not valued by society as well as others—not even by other Blacks in many cases. It is not just dogma.
Think about this: What does the world use the word black to describe? It is not anything pleasant. Sin is Black. Death is Black. Anything that means devoid or evil is black. So, when society calls a group of people black and continues to use the word black to describe those other things, what psychological effect does it produce?
Anything associated with darkness means something loathsome in most societies. There are advocates who try to change this by using the term African American when describing Black Americans since the term Negro is no longer politically correct. Black and African American are synonymous now. African American means Black. Black means sin, devoid, etc…
Should the term “black” referring to race be excluded as a description of Americans of African racial heritage?
Jesus Christ taught in Luke 15:4-6, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”
“And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”
Jesus was trying to get His followers to understand the worth of souls by using elements from their own lives that they could identify with to teach the importance of missionary work. All humans belong to God and He wants all of humanity to be with Him. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” Johns 3:16.
To society, the world, even to the church of Jesus Christ for a while, Black people were lost. Lucifer, Satan, helped to divide society into segments that despise each other with flattering success. It makes it easier to devolve family responsibility to the government, the school, or have none at all! The family is the first government of eternity and was the first government on Earth—the most important authorized segment of humanity by God. Satan’s substitute for the natural family destroys nations slowly. Gangs, single life, free love and the lot steal the minds of otherwise good people in all strata of society.
72 Percent Of Black Kids Raised By Single Parent. 25% of total Population In U.S. from Single-Parent Homes.
The statistics on the family in the world is foreboding and at a low. The numbers on the Black family in America is worse! Satan’s plan is to destroy all Black people and make everyone hate them. His plan is going really well in some segments of society. If he can, and he can because he has, he will get African Americans to hate themselves. …to call each other ugly words. …to despise their own skin color.
Yet, God did not forget them or stop loving them. They were not lost to Him. They were, as Jesus said speaking to the Nephites at Bountiful about the lost tribes, “other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.” 3 Nephi 16:1. Now, contextually, I am stretching the meaning of the verses here; however, because of who Jesus Christ is, the Savior of ALL mankind, the context to which I take this verse is justifiable.
Do Black Lives Matter to You?
Solution to Black-on-Black and all other types of Crime
The Restored Gospel is one of inclusion. All people are invited and receive birthright in the House of Israel as the children of Abraham through Baptism. Confirmation. and other ordinances. The other sheep that Christ went searching for are found in the hearts of every person, every African American person who seeks to follow Jesus Christ’s example to baptism. Now, notice that I excluded no one, but I specifically mention Black people.
The Lord specifically taught His Word to the Jews before it went to the rest of the people of the world. His word is for all, but He visited and made mention of one group. Now, this group of Blacks in America matter too.
African Americans overwhelmingly come from slave ancestry—a lost, fallen and rejected people of the world. These slave people sought God, the one that the White men preached to them to justify enslaving them. This group of people were lost to the human family and treated as if they were not human. Why am I mentioning this? Well, it had to start somewhere. Someone decided that Africans with a high melanin count and kinky hair did not have as much value as other people.
God went seeking after them, but first He had to set them free. Because those people, an entire race matters, God softened the hearts of the White men who fought for their liberty. He then softened the hearts of the White people so that over time they would treat them with more dignity as the years progressed. He then empowered them, Blacks, to stand upon their own feet to claim their freedom.
Each time the Lord blesses Black people, Satan comes up with a plan to drag them down using racism as either a tool of oppression or a crutch for failure. Some fall into the trap. Others avoid it.
Moroni tells Black people “I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing,” Moroni 10:30. Every soul that suffers persecution or discrimination at the hands of others has an insight into Christ that those who do not suffer those things will not have. Christ understands it all!
Alma, as he spoke to the people of the city of Gideon before Jesus’s birth, foretold that Christ “will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities,” Alma 7:12.
Christ knows what is like to be Black. He knows what is like to have the peering eyes of oppression upon Him because through His atonement, He felt all the pains of each African Slave snatched away by traitors and sold into bondage. He felt each cry an African daughter made at being ravaged by cruel masters. He knows what it feels like to be a Black man because he suffered it in Gethsemane. He KNOWS how to succor, relieve, bind up, assure and heal Black America, the world.
Blacks of the Americas are Chosen
African Blacks have been a hiss and a byword among the Gentile nations of the world in recent generations, especially in Europe. African Americans as a group know what it's like to be despised and rejected. To be men and women of sorrow and acquainted with grief. For whatever reason God has, He saw fit to bruise this group. He allowed this treatment, why?
God tries all of His people. One among many as this group is, Blacks Americans are a chosen people—a marked people. Every group that came to the Americas are marked—led here by the Lord—whether by choice or compulsion. Father Lehi said, “I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord” 2 Nephi 1:6.
So, the land bridge where the people are purported to have crossed into Alaska… led by God.
The Vikings and other groups alleged to have visited the Americas… led by God.
The Pilgrims, the Conquistadors, the French, and the slaves of African origin all entered the Americas due to the will of God. Unfortunately, the Africans who went to the Americas overwhelmingly went by force. They must have loved Africa too much to listen to the promptings of the Spirit; so, God used the flawed thinking of other people to accomplish the goal of getting those millions of Africans to the American continents.
He also had to obscure the past of most of the African Americans so that they would not hold to the cultures from which they sprang. Again, He used the ignorance of men to accomplish it. It was His fault that Blacks suffered the way His son had to suffer—at the end of a lash or whip. The LDS Christian, Mormon, Pioneers suffered before the Lord prospered them—He sent them to Utah where they could foster a culture that would enable them to prosper. Now they influence the most august councils in the world.
The Jews suffered just like the Mormon—exile, slavery, extermination and much more before the Lord prospered them. Now there exists a powerful nation of Israel. The Gentile nations carved out an inheritance for them in the Middle East.
The Blacks’ suffering will be rewarded, has been rewarded and is being rewarded in many ways. African Americans will prosper if they heed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Slavery beat the hell out of them, the Civil Rights Movement tried remuneration for them, but only Jesus Christ can save them. All of them. Black Lives Matter to Jesus.