In the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting in Dallas, many Americans think the storm is raging in our nation right now. I disagree. As others have opined, we will likely look back upon 2016 as the calm before the storm. Things are just starting to heat up in our culture. Someone in my Facebook feed compared 2016 to the tumult of 1968, but I think our situation is closer to Europe in the 1920s. A sweeping secularism coupled with ethno-nationalism (among other forms of tribalism) is descending upon the fruited plain. Add to the mix a virulent spread of cultural Marxism and we have modern America diagnosed in just a few sentences.
The body of Christ in America is at a crossroads.
Confusion has already been sown in so many ways that the average Christian in this land is unable to put one foot in front of the other. How should the church proceed? Some answers are obvious. We ought to pray for the families of those individuals who are allegedly victims of police brutality. Even though we don’t know all the facts of each case, that shouldn’t preclude us from having compassion upon the families of these men. Similarly, our prayers and compassion should rightly extend to the slain police officers who were murdered by an anti-white extremist last night. In addition, we ought to be praying for the church in our land to seize the opportunity to spread the Gospel in the midst of this agonizing misery–that souls would be saved and God glorified.
But where do we go from there? Even as I’m a strong supporter of law-and-order virtues (Rom. 13:1-7), I fully recognize the need for major reforms in the current systems of law enforcement. In many instances, the law enforcement needs greater accountability. The police need to be policed. Close to home, we saw a local woman in Culpeper brutally murdered by a town police officer for no apparent reason. The woman, Patricia Cook, was unarmed and her only crime was sitting in her car in the parking lot of her church. There was some degree of accountability, but the police officer in question was basically given a slap on the wrist. We’ve also seen the increased militarization of our local law enforcement as the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office obtained an armored vehicle on loan from the Federal Government, an act which has rightly drawn sharp criticism from county citizens.
As a Christian, I can rightly uphold the rule of law while at the same time calling for a fundamental shift in the way policing is conducted across the land. We can call for rightful obedience to the state without becoming statists. In fact, the state functions most consistently with biblical principles when proper limits upon its scope and power are put into place. The modern rise of statism is a product of secularization in which the state is viewed in messianic terms and as an end in itself. In other words, statism is just another form of idolatry. But I digress.
Many Christians have embraced the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement as a demonstration of solidarity against not only police brutality, but also a supposed racial bias within law enforcement generally. I’m going to assume that the vast majority of Christians who support BLM are doing so for those stated reasons and they do indeed have good intentions. They are attaching themselves to this movement in order to uphold and preserve the Imago Dei of black Americans. Fair enough. If there are police officers engaging in the type of criminal behaviors described, then we should all be willing to protest such a gross violation of God’s law. But is uniting with BLM the way to go about doing this?
To be perfectly blunt and straightforward, the BLM movement is a scam. Worse than that, it’s a grossly immoral form of quasi-anarchy which disrespects every kind of authority except its own. BLM’s worldview appears to be thoroughly secular and Marxist in its orientation, facts made abundantly clear when one browses one of the main BLM websites. In addition to peddling the repackaged “liberation” rhetoric so common among Leftist groups, they are also pro-homosexual, promote the transgender cause, and embrace radical feminism. Worse still, they use race-baiting tactics and have successfully revived anti-police rhetoric to a fever pitch. By all accounts, it is not uncommon for BLM protesters to chant things like, “We want dead cops!” Absolutely disgusting.
As far as I’m concerned, BLM has blood on its hands for the deaths of the five police officers who were murdered last night. I’m all for freedom of speech and I would never favor government censorship of unpopular ideas, but rhetoric has consequences. Words stir people to action. When you consider BLM’s fomenting hatred of law enforcement coupled with their thinly veiled anti-white sentiments, it’s easy to see why being a police officer is a much more dangerous job than it was. Make no mistake: BLM is an inherently racist movement which appeals to the absolute worst aspects of human nature.
Having said all of that, why would any discerning Christian willingly attach themselves to a movement like this? What possible gain would there be? Most importantly, how does joining with BLM glorify God? 2 Corinthians 6:14 commands us not to be yoked with unbelievers. Sadly, many Christians have done exactly that by locking arms with ungodly movements like BLM. By doing so, they are tarnishing the Gospel message and giving legitimacy to a race-baiting cult in the process. I’ve said some pretty harsh words about BLM in this post, but I don’t know how else to warn fellow believers who have decided to associate with them. They’ve been scammed by a bunch of charlatans who daily shake their fists at the one, true, and living God.
BLM is the mirror-image of the so-called “Alt-Right,” another group of race-baiting extremists who foster a white nationalist agenda. The church ought to condemn these movements for what they are and refuse to have any association with them whatsoever. America is being torn apart at the seams: politically, ethnically, culturally, socially, and economically. I humbly suggest that the church not attach herself to the sinking ship that is the United States. Unfortunately, more than a few prominent Christian leaders have embraced BLM and use their positions of influence to promote this movement within the body. In the process, the church is becoming more divided by the day. Mission drift is creeping in and the Gospel message is being obscured.
I fervently pray that genuine unity comes to the body of Christ in the midst of cultural insanity we’re facing. Given that religious liberty can no longer be taken for granted, that kind of unity will be needed more than ever. That unity is undermined when we either embrace a blind statism or join ourselves to an ungodly movement which purports to support a common good. Proverbs 4:27 reminds us to stay clear of either extreme. Our unity is found in Christ alone and His gospel that goes forth to every tribe, nation, and tongue.