Black Lives Matter
From Madeline Soula
wife of Former CSR Board Chairman, Don Soula
Black Lives Matter
My Thoughts (Not all original thoughts but rather a compilation of thoughts taken from speakers I have heard, videos I have watched, articles and websites I have read.)
Black lives matter.
Be cautious when you hear that sentence spoken, and be sure to follow it up with the question, “Black lives matter to WHOM?”
For you see it is important to know from which world view that statement is being made.
In the Christian Worldview, we can answer without a doubt that black lives matter TO GOD. In fact all lives matter to God, because He created each life in His Image. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take each one’s sin to the Cross and provide forgiveness and eternal life with Him for anyone who will turn to Him and receive what He has done for them. All lives matter to God because He longs to walk with each one through their life, to hear from them, to speak to them, to carry their burdens, to bless them, to lead and guide them through the very best purposeful, fulfilling life He has for them.
In any other Worldview we really don’t know to whom black lives matter but we can surmise. In the Worldview of Darwinism or Big Bang or even a tree can be your god, etc. lives are pretty much somebody evolved from monkeys, or a mass, a glob, an accident. In such thinking, life really has no value or anyone looking after it except maybe BLM, Antifa, the government, the state, godless radicals, the self serving powers that be. We know how well that worked out at the Holocaust and in the abortion clinics, in human trafficking and inner city streets of murder. In such an environment life suddenly seems disposable, used and abused. In such an environment saying Black lives matter takes on a disastrous, vile, atrocious meaning.
The sentence itself comes from an organization that has an agenda that is as far from God’s meaning of Black Lives matter as it can get.
Below you will find their “What we believe statement” taken from their website. Please look carefully at certain phrases and words that are bold and underlined and you will see their meaning of Lives Matter and it isn’t anything close to God’s meaning. At first, their doctrinal statement may sound “good,” but read on to get the full impact of what is happening right before our eyes.
From the BLM website:
“Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.
Enraged by the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, and inspired by the 31-day takeover of the Florida State Capitol by POWER U and the Dream Defenders, we took to the streets. A year later, we set out together on the Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride to Ferguson, in search of justice for Mike Brown and all of those who have been torn apart by state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Forever changed, we returned home and began building the infrastructure for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which, even in its infancy, has become a political home for many.
Ferguson helped to catalyze a movement to which we’ve all helped give life. Organizers who call this network home have ousted anti-Black politicians, won critical legislation to benefit Black lives, and changed the terms of the debate on Blackness around the world. Through movement and relationship building, we have also helped catalyze other movements and shifted culture with an eye toward the dangerous impacts of anti-Blackness.
These are the results of our collective efforts.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of our membership, our partners, our supporters, our staff, and you. Our continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of our ancestors and fighting for our collective freedom because it is our duty.
Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.
We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”
Did you notice such words as global and comrades? Hmmm… What do they remind you of? Did you notice how far their agenda extends? Did you see the peace, respect, caring and justice they speak of acted out in recent events in the streets and parks of our county?
They credit BLM as having been formed by three woman. I did a quick Google search/Wikipedia of them. This is what I found:
Alicia (Schwartz) Garza… 39 yrs old… from California… In 2003 she met Malachi Garza, 24, a transgender man and a community activist. In 2004, Alicia came out as queer to her family. In 2008, she married Malachi and took the name Garza, settling in Oakland.
Patrisse Cullors… 36 yrs. old… from California… married to Janaya Khan who is herself a social activist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Khan is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto as well as an international ambassador for the Black Lives Matter Network. Khan identifies as black, queer and non-comforming.
Opal Tometi… 35 yrs. old… an activist from Nigeria… didn’t find much else.
Gracious Lord, we are calling out to You for mercy. We have been asleep at the switch and here we are… We are desperately in need of Your intervention, Lord. Dismantling all of this is a God-sized task. We need You, Lord!!!! It is in the Mighty, Powerful, Loving Name of Jesus, our Sovereign Savior that I pray.