Each person has intrinsic worth and value because we are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27).
This is further emphasized in the Gospel where Jesus ate and drank with tax collectors and sinners, healed the sick, proclaimed the good news to the poor, and even the rich. There are so many examples of that in the Gospel.
The point is; Jesus reached out to everyone, Jew and Samaritan alike. Jesus’s target market is everyone because, for Jesus, there is only one race; ‘The race of the people created by God’ - We as Christians must maintain that energy.
Jesus cares about all lives and we should too. But, how can we say we care about all lives if black lives are systemically devalued by society and we say nothing. We must speak against such injustices. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Our God is a just God. If we would be perfect like our heavenly Father is then, we can’t afford to condone such an injustice. In light of God’s love for all God’s people, that black lives do matter is an obvious truth.
Definitely, All lives matter. As we said, Jesus reaches out to everyone. Jesus is for everyone but the ‘black lives matter’ narrative attempts to draw attention to the fact that black people have been historically and systematically excluded from that "all." #BlackLivesMatter makes the point that, although all lives matter in theory, black lives do not appear actually to matter as much as white lives do in the United States. There is no justice where there is inequality. We must therefore as God’s children, identify with the plights of these set of people undergoing victimization.
All lives matter to Jesus, therefore the lives of these ‘blacks’ matter just as much to Jesus and we must treat them as such.
By insisting on the intrinsic worth of all human beings, Jesus models for us how God loves justly and how we, his disciples can love publicly in a world of inequality. We live out the love of God justly by publicly saying #BlackLivesMatter
We want you to know your Black Life Matters! We are donating 25% of the proceeds of sales from these shirts to organizations that fight against racial inequality. Please share this with someone you think might resonate with this message!
Lots of Love, From the Blessed Afrique Boutique Team