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?
As a Christian do you want to know why we should unequivocally proclaim that Black lives matter? Do you want to know how to engage with the Black Lives Matter movement as a Christian? Or do you want to learn what Black Lives is? We have got you covered in our learning capsule.
In the first video Truth's Table podcast co-host Ekemini Uwan explains why Christians should care about #BlackLivesMatter before addressing Christians who have apprehension with aligning themselves with the black lives matter movement in the second video.
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.
Biola professor Joe Hellerman sees three problems when an all lives matter slogan or variation on that theme is used to counter a black lives matter statement. One problem is that social context means something.
Living in intimate relationships with people of color or at the very least speaking with people of different opinions is a must for Christians to work through racial issues says Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, the Assistant Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership (CDEL) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Sistrunk Robinson also explains three things to help white evangelicals know where some black people are coming from when they say black lives matter.
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.
Using the story of boxer Mohammed Ali leaving his Christian faith because the church he attended would not stand up for him in the face of discrimination actor Gauis Charles wonders if the Christian church is in a similar moment. The church in the past has been complicit with slavery and many churches have not engaged in anti-racism teaching. Will the failure of the church to lead on issues of race result in people walking away?
From protests to Black Lives Matter to critiques of white fragility to critical race theory host Justin Brierley talks with theologian Dr. Drew Hart and Christian sociologist Dr. George Yancy about how the church can respond to each issue.
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.