What can possibly be said to attempt to bring healing from the aftermath of the bloodbath in Dallas? Twelve officers were shot, and five of them paid with their lives protecting protesters who were taunting and insulting them. Let that sink in for a moment. The fate of the other seven are uncertain at this point. Please make every effort to pray for them, and all of the families of the victims. Please also take time to read about the cops who certainly did not deserve to die that day. These were incredible men. Men of honor and courage.
Let me say upfront that I hate racism of any kind, which is why I can’t stand the so called #BlackLivesMatter movement. It is a product of racism, and hatred, and it mass produces more hatred and racism. It’s a movement completely birthed from series of lies that Michael Brown (from my hometown of St. Louis) died with his hands up saying “don’t shoot!” Even Obama’s Justice Department under Eric Holder found this not to be true. The reality is that he was attacking a cop, and trying to take his gun. To give this group respect and legitimacy that it does not deserve is to not only prevent making progress on this issue, but ensure that these problems get much, much worse.
I honestly take no pleasure in being right about who #BlackLivesMatter really are, since I’ve been writing about them since their founding. I am actually filled with nothing but sadness over this situation. As I’ve said before the fact that they are offended by saying #AllLivesMatter proves that this is a racist, and hate-filled organization. Thankfully the police chief of El Paso TX, who is himself black, has described them as a “radical hate group.” The courage that he has shown proves again that this is not about black and white, but about right and wrong. It’s about culture and values, not race. But the dirty little secret is that black racism towards white people has been very mainstream for a long time now. As Thomas Sowell, economist and black conservative who grew up in Harlem during the era of segregation has so perfectly put it “I’m old enough to remember when most of the people saying racist things publicly were white people.” His point (as if it weren’t obvious) is that now it’s reversed.
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The shooter himself has identified his own motives by saying that he wanted to “kill as many white people as possible,” particularly white cops. This according to the Dallas police chief, who is also black. But stating that fact is considered inflammatory, and even racist in our society that suppresses and even hates that truth. The shooter joins a long list of very evil people who want to start a race war.
Our president has said that his motives were unclear, which often seems to be the case when a particular set of facts conflict with his own narrative of reality. He himself has thrown fuel on the fire rhetorically by saying that “racial disparities” were to blame for the recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. If that turns out to be the case then I will gladly join the chorus of protests, but as Christians we must always be careful to deal with the facts of each case as they become more and more apparent. Maybe there was incompetence, and poor training, but no evidence of racial animus or hatred? Maybe in one or both the officers were justified, and feared for their lives? Maybe the individuals were treated differently because they were black?
We simply don’t know at this point. Maybe the officers were more on edge because of their past experiences in dealing with young black males, who commit a very disproportionate amount of violent crime, and are now emboldened to not obey and not trust law enforcement due to the narrative that is being put forth by groups like Black Lives Matter, and the president. But I don’t assume that the cops are justified when things like this happen, and I certainly want justice for all involved, even though the dead can never be brought back to life. And the loss of their lives is certainly tragic at such young ages, whatever the circumstances may have been.
So yes I hate, absolutely HATE the fact that we can’t come together as a society and mourn the loss of all lives. I hate the fact that as a nation we are not motivated by truth, but by having our own biases confirmed. As Christians we should always seek to make truth one of (if not the) the primary motivating forces in our lives, even when it makes us very uncomfortable in our deeply held assumptions. Which is why it’s so important to look at the real statistics on crime and police shooting according to race. It’s not what you’ve been led to believe by the media. I actually beg you to read the above article, because it is filled with facts that overwhelmingly contradict the Black Lives Matters narrative and has the power to persuade those who are open minded.
My sincerest prayer is that we can come together to allow for true healing and reconciliation to occur. I may be naïve, but I truly believe that God will open people’s eyes to see the danger of the hatred that is posed by this godless movement known as Black Lives Matter. I’m not saying they are wrong in every case, but this is not the civil rights movement 2.0. What MLK and others wanted was love, and brotherhood among men and women of all races. He wanted blacks to be able to be part of the American way of life, and treated as equals. Black Lives Matter wants to burn the system down, and ultimately is part of a global push for atheism/communism.
BLM has already had rallies where they have chanted for dead cops, and are OK with starting a race war, as long as they think they can come out on top and right the wrongs of the past, and the present, as they perceive them. But go back and read what MLK said in his timeless I Have a Dream Speech– “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” And that was when discrimination based on race was the law of the land, and life was absolutely horrible for most blacks because of racism.
Today so many of the wounds in the black community are self-inflicted, as evidenced by the out of wedlock birthrate, and staggering murder rate etc. These problems should have us all praying, and working for solutions, but BLM and the left in America insist that it is primarily due to white racism and “the historical legacy of slavery.”
I can also say that both blacks and whites feel like they are being treated unfairly in America in 2016. Whatever the case may be (and I certainly have my own opinions on that) the feelings of hatred and resentment have increased over the past few years, but what does the bible say? Jesus says in the sermon on the mount that even if we are being treated unfairly by those who hate us, that we are to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.” One of my favorite verses in the bible is when the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:21 to “not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good.” And believe me, it is so easy to be overcome with evil these days, because it is advancing and multiplying, but yet God is sovereign, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against His church!
We must all examine ourselves however, since none of us is without sin. We are all guilty of prejudging people based on all sorts of things including race, and if we turn out to be right we pat ourselves on the back, instead of grieving that the individual is trapped in a lifestyle of sin and ultimate self-destruction. It’s always easy to see someone else’s sins, but difficult to see our own, because we always rationalize. We make excuses. Let us challenge one another to go outside of our comfort zone to be part of the solution, and make every effort to love and serve people who are different from us, and perhaps even very difficult to love. Let’s also remember that we all say incredibly stupid, hurtful things sometimes, that we wish we could take back. We must show each other grace, and mercy.
Let us pray that we can live differently in this very godless age, and demonstrate what life in the Kingdom of God is like where there is (or at least should be) no bitterness, no envy, no record of wrongs, no divisions based on color. But we all need to start here in 1 John 1:8-10, and honestly we need to come back to this passage daily.
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
But thank God for His indescribable mercy, and completely undeserved grace, without it we truly have no hope. May this be a turning point where we learn to live out our faith in a radical way for a much brighter tomorrow, for His glory!
Brian Holland is an Occupational Therapist, committed Christian, husband and father to two boys. Brian is dedicated to the pursuit of truth, and understanding how Christianity applies to every area of life. He also enjoys reading, writing, lifting weights, and the martial arts. He currently lives in the suburbs of North Dallas with his wife Keisha, and their two sons Nate and Dominic. They have a cat and a dog named Scrappy Doo.
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