Calling Evil Good, and Good Evil – Why I Cannot Support the BLM organization (oh and why not weigh in on LGBTQ, patriarchy, and feminism for good measure).
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[Isaiah 5:20 NASB] “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
Today we are going to take a look at the BLM organization and website. Our primary focus will be their statement of faith because that is, in fact, what it is. Much of what you will see in their writings sounds eerily similar to the rhetoric of a cult.
In this write-up, there are two things that you need to understand as we move forward: 1. BLM (per their own words) is a political movement. And although this is not inherently bad, it does show that there is a motive to change aspects of American (and global) life. 2. More importantly, this movement, as I will show, stands in complete opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The views I am espousing will be rejected by many, as I am wading into far more than BLM. However, I would rather be hated by mankind and hear the words “well done good and faithful servant” than be loved by all people and hear, “depart from me I never knew you.”Why I Cannot Support the #BLM organization (oh and why not weigh in on #LGBTQ, patriarchy, and feminism for good measure). Click To Tweet
In my post “Race, Riots, and The Gospel,” I said that very few things in life are monolithic (that is indivisible and uniform) and that to pretend otherwise is to think in terms that are awfully ‘black and white’ for a world of such vibrant color. In keeping with this, I pray we can all see the massive difference between an individual asserting THE TRUTH that the lives of black human beings everywhere matter versus an organization that is bent on calling what is evil good and what is good evil.
For example, there’s a picture circulating the internet of a little girl holding up a sign that reads,
“We said – black lives matter. Never said – only black lives matter. We know – all lives matter. We just need your help with #blacklivesmatter for black lives are in danger!”
This, however noble, is of a completely different spirit than the chant heard around the world back in 2015 approved by the BLM organizers saying, “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” Clearly calling for retaliation on police.
Make no mistake this movement that has coerced New York City and DC officials to rename streets was not recently co-opted. This has been their heart all along. To think that these two examples are consistent is patently absurd. What we will see as we work through the BLM statement of faith is that they are clearly not in line with God’s word. And therefore should cause every person who is a Christian to reconsider affiliating with their brand.
Please understand I am speaking to Christians in all of this. I am also predominantly speaking to those with whom I have an audience and influence. Anything beyond that will be a grace of God.
If this post has an effect other than outrage, my desire is that it will 1. Help Christians to know that they are not alone in their rejection of this organization and neither are they racist in that rejection. 2. That it will help people distinguish the BLM organization from a genuine love for others. 3. I hope to encourage people to stand for what is true and Godly void of propaganda. And 4. I also pray that those with pure motives affiliated with the BLM organization will call on the leaders to reform their ways and repent of the actual hatred and lawlessness they’re spreading.
Adam Ford over at Disrn.com has offered a very compelling take on all of this as well, which I strongly encourage you to listen to https://disrn.com/news/disrn-podcast-with-adam-ford-episode-19-why-i-cant-support-blacklivesmatter-and-dont-think-you-should-either
In last Sunday’s message, I shared that God established his people (that is the Church) as a restraint for the world. What I shared was neither original nor a comprehensive take on this idea. Many pastors and scholars have drawn attention to a four-fold restraint for humanity found within the pages of scripture.
The first is the human conscience. This is all about personal responsibility. (Romans 2:14-16) The second restraint is the family. (Genesis 2:18; 1:28) The Bible is clear that the family is to be a training ground. (Proverbs 22:6) And the restraint within is discipline. (Proverbs 13:24) The third restraint is the institution of Government. (Romans 13:1) This, according to God’s word, is to bear the sword against evildoers. (Romans 13:4) Of course, this requires an objective moral standard, but we will have to save that for another time. Finally, the fourth restraint is God’s Church. Not only are we to stand against the tide, and to expose the sinfulness in this world, but we are also told that one day we will judge even the angels. (Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Cor. 6:3)
The point is that God has established many restraints in this world. As Christians, we have to stop riding the bench while there is a real game being played. And although our struggle is not against “flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12), the previous chapter (Eph. 5) is where we find Paul’s instruction to abstain from evil and expose it.
With these points before us and the rest of scripture to back them up, let’s look at the BLM statement of faith so we can see its explicit attempt to dismantle these restraints and, at the same time call what is good evil and what is evil good.As Christians, we have to stop riding the bench while there is a real game being played. Click To Tweet
BLM Statement of Faith
You can read along on their site if you think I have misrepresented them in any way. As we move forward, I will be quoting directly from their website, so please fact check it for yourself.
- A Political Movement
“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.”
As I stated before, the aim is political. The goal, like any movement, is to further an agenda. In their case, it includes the following:
“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.”
Anytime people begin changing terms, we should all take note. Like this:
- A Subtle Contradiction
“We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.”
This sounds an awful lot like the BLM organization committed its own cardinal sin by saying that all lives matter. But the real issue is more significant, and that is with the terms freedom and justice. Because the second people begin to call what is injustice justice, we have to go back to Isaiah 5:20. We will see this clearly as we move further into their statement.
- Another Subtle Contradiction
“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.”
One of the hottest phrases being bandied about at this time is the phrase “white privilege.” But it sure seems as though the BLM team just admitted to black privilege.
Here’s the thing about privilege; the result determines privilege. For example, if a person was raised in a wealthy family, we may say they are privileged because they have more opportunities. Still, if we’re talking about work ethic, they may become the most underprivileged people ever since they never learn to work hard. Mind you; this example is socio-economic and not racial.
Privilege is also different if we zoom out to the 30,000-foot view. Every person born in the USA might be considered by some to be privileged compared to those born anywhere else. In this example, the supposed privilege is national and still not racial.
But the BLM website seems to indicate a kind of privilege that I’ve never heard others talk about.
- A New and Improved Privilege
“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.”
Do you know what cisgender is? According to Google himself (See what I did there?)
“it means denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.”
Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Please hear me loud and clear. God made your gender! For the BLM organization to attempt to dismantle, this is to call what God has deemed good evil. Just as a Christian cannot support Planned Parenthood (no matter how much they tell us they’re all about women’s health) supporting BLM, the organization is to support what is against God.
Oh, and don’t miss that ‘self-reflexive’ statement either. Implicit in this is that BLM has already looked back on their ‘old antiquated ideals’ and decided that those who actually identify with the gender they were born with, you know as per GOD, are privileged and need to be dismantled.
- You Keep Using That Word. I Don’t Think it Means What You Think it Means.
“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.”
Family? According to God, a family is foundationally patriarchal. Study after study has shown that the fatherless rate for any “race” directly correlates to criminal behavior, the decline in child wellbeing, adolescent pregnancy, suicide, and many more destructive issues.
Do you know who else told us that? GOD! So excuse me as I call you on your ungodly hatred for patriarchy. Yet again, God has established something good, and this world, including BLM, has said that it is evil. Woe to you.Family? According to God, a family is foundationally patriarchal. #biblestudy Click To Tweet
- That’s Not Your Job by Anyone’s Standard
“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.”
Christian, you do know that Jesus Himself said, “what God has joined together, let man not separate.”? The idea that this union is either western or in need of disrupting is off base. God has called it good and for BLM to say otherwise is against the God of the universe.
If BLM merely wanted to assist families where the dad or mom ran off, all they would have to say is that we want to support people like they would an extended family. However, the rhetoric is clear. Don’t be fooled.Christian, you do know that Jesus Himself said that what God has joined together, let man not separate? The idea that this union is either western or in need of disrupting is off base. Click To Tweet
- The Term Freedom and Other Inconsistencies
“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).”
To foster sodomy and to free people from “heteronormative thinking” should speak for itself. Again calling what is good evil. How dare God make male and female and also assign them to each other as the only way to procreate.
This is where the Church at large is also having our own debates. But please understand this is a relatively new question in church history. If you’d like resources on this check out this book and others:
- Injustice, Bondage, and Condemnation
“We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”
If this organization believed in justice, then they would accept facts and statistics. Instead, every claim they make is unfalsifiable. If BLM cared for liberation, they would stop enslaving people with an ideology that calls good evil and evil good. Finally, if peace were their real motivation, they’d call an end to rioting and looting, to the slaying of police officers, and to every other act that labeled evil good.If the BLM organization believed in justice, then they would accept facts and statistics. Instead, every claim they make is unfalsifiable. Click To Tweet
In conclusion, Isaiah went on to say,
[Isa 5:21-24 NASB] 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight! 22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink, 23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
I hope you see that this entire agenda of dismantling is an example of verse 23 in action!
24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
In keeping with this, the Apostle Paul says to young Timothy,
[1Ti 4:1-5 NASB] 1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 [men] who forbid marriage [and advocate] abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.
And again Paul says,
[2Ti 3:1-5 NASB] 1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
Christian, there’s a difference in supporting THE FACT that every black life, everywhere, matters and supporting an organization that calls what is good evil and what is evil good. Based on everything we are seeing in the world today this is not the time to sit idly by. Basic fundamental ideals of a healthy society are being burned to the ground. A funny meme on social media will not help us stand against this kind of lawlessness. Please share this. Share your convictions. Share the word of God!Christian, there's a difference in supporting THE FACT that every black life, everywhere, matters and supporting an organization that calls what is good evil and what is evil good. Click To Tweet
[Rev 21:5-8 NASB] 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part [will be] in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”