May love be stronger in me
than the fear of the pain
That comes with caring.

Prayer, Justin McRoberts

BEFORE BEGINNING, we want to recognize the complexities of the term black lives matter as it means different things to different people. From a Christian perspective we want to be clear that we affirm that black lives do matter because black people are made in the image of God and in many instances in United States history we have demonstrated that black lives do not matter.



READ

READ: Black Lives Matter… and So Does Our Response / Alissa Winters
A heart felt opinion piece with nuance and honesty that focuses on repentance, justice, and love.

READ: Black Lives Matter: The Hashtag, the Movement, the Network and the Truth / David Williams
In December of 2015 Michelle Higgins gave a keynote speech at the Urbana 15 missions conference in support of Black Lives Matter. The response to her statement from some evangelicals was swift and all to common. All lives matter, the BLM movement is socialist, and Christians shouldn’t support BLM as they are out to destroy the nuclear family were some of the common rebuttals. Pastor David Williams attempts to breakdown the difference between BLM’s hashtag, movement, and network while trying to get at the truth. Although this is centered around InterVarsity’s position in 2016, much of the article is relevant today. Lots of excellent links included in the article to dig deeper as well.


LISTEN

LISTEN: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters / Voxology (formerly Vox Podcast)
Pastor and podcaster Mike Erre deftly answers this question (“Prove to me that the Bible says I must value black lives, and hate ethnic supremacy.”) that he received on Twitter using Biblical proof. Delivered in the style of a sermon.


WATCH

WATCH: Should Christians Affirm #BlackLivesMatter?/ Ekemini Uwan
Truth’s Table podcast co-host Ekemini Uwan addresses Christians who have apprehension with aligning themselves to the black lives matter movement.

WATCH: Can the Church Say Black Lives Matter / Rasool Berry
Pastor Rasool Berry (The Bridge Church | Brooklyn, NY) provides answers to common critiques about the church being involved in justice and partnering with non-Christian causes. He adeptly points out that some churches have always been involved in justice and the many ways in which we use secular theories, but reject the parts that don’t align with our faith. He concludes his 9-minute talk with what we can do about it.


DIG DEEPER

Check out all of our curated resources on black lives matter.


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FIVE QUESTIONS: Black Lives Matter

Our top five questions on black lives matter. What does Black lives matter mean? Is BLM a socialist, anti-Christian movement? Why is all lives matter not appropriate? How can I engage with organizations that have different values than my own? How can I help?

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SHOW: Can the Church Say Black Lives Matter?

Pastor Rasool Berry (The Bridge Church | Brooklyn, NY) provides answers to common critiques about the church being involved in justice and partnering with non-Christian causes. He adeptly points out that some churches have always been involved in justice and the many ways in which we use secular theories, but reject the parts that don’t align with our faith. He concludes his 9-minute talk with what we can do about it.

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