October 5, 2020 · OPINION
Making a Biblical argument for Black Lives Matter
A Breonna Tylor mural painted on a basketball court in Annopolis, Md.
By Jeff Davis
For my Christian friends, many of whom respond to “Black Lives Matter” angrily with “all lives matter,” I offer you the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17).
Further, the words of Micah:
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
If you believe the words of Isaiah and Micah, you would seek justice for all Americans. You would live your faith through action, starting with voting for Joe Biden. You would also vote for Cameron Webb to represent the 5th Congressional District, Qasim Rashid to represent the 1st, and Mark Warner to continue to serve us in the U.S. Senate. All of them stand behind efforts to ensure Black people can participate completely in our society and reap the benefits of our democracy, our economy and our justice system, in the same way White people do today.
During the September 28 debate, President Trump called on the Proud Boys to “stand by.” To the ears of Black people, indigenous people and people of color, that was a call for a race war. This from a man who took an oath to serve all. Americans.
Today, Black people do not taste the justice White people, like me, enjoy and on which we rarely expend a second thought. We see this in housing, education, employment, school and even medical care. “White lives matter” is unnecessary; that’s understood. We need Black Lives Matter. The evidence proves their lives are often considered secondary, at best, to White lives.
A recent example of inequity in justice for Black people is Breonna Taylor's killers suffering no consequences for her death. Instead, the grand jury recommended charges for the bullets that penetrated the adjacent dwelling.
If Breonna was your White child, would a $12 million settlement alone sate you? Or would you also insist the killers face murder or at least manslaughter charges?
If your people had been systematically abused for centuries, would you not be angry? If another race, who enjoy many privileges you’ve never had, always told you how you should protest, only to assassinate your leaders anyway, would you not be desperate?
Would you vote for a man who refused to condemn white supremacy? Or would you vote for a man who will implement a vision of justice for all God’s people in this country?
A final word, from Luke the Evangelist: “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” (Luke 11:42).
Savefauquiercounty2019 · October 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Another organization filled with terrorists.
Jeffersonian American · October 13, 2020 at 7:52 am
nonewtaxes · October 11, 2020 at 11:58 pm
Yep. Burning down the life savings of people without any due process and public assassinations sure be justice.
You wouldnt let Biden drive your car. Why would you let him run the country?
Maybe we should only pay a tithe to the government? Thats a tax cut for all.
Too bad biden will raise your taxes by 15%
jim goodwin · October 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Trump foundation...still under investigation but so far everything is "alleged" or "may be".
Trump University...all lawsuits settled.
Cammie Rodgers · October 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm
jim - Let's start with The Trump Foundation and Trump University. I'm not going to do your homework for you, unlike Trump's sister.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · October 9, 2020 at 11:36 am
Don't confuse terrorists with reputable organizations. No association should condone violence.
Jeffersonian American · October 8, 2020 at 11:44 pm
Well stated Crystal, Jim, DF and AP, I too was horrified to read this Democrat OP-ED piece which professes Christianity while these same Democrat Party politicians and supporters today despise and seek to eradicate, remove or destroy anything that memorializes or brings honor to the memory of perhaps our very greatest Christian son that Virginia and our nation ever produced- Robert Edward Lee- a man of immense, towering Christian character and legacy. What am I to make of the outrageous hypocrisy of this Democrat OP-ED author and their uncontrolled, bigoted, Historic Ignorance On Fire hatreds aimed at General Robert E. Lee? These so-called Christian Democrats are in dire need of a history lesson.
Historian John Dwyer recently noted in an era when all the vices known to man could be found in most armies, Lee’s devout Christianity spurred the opposite effect throughout his army in the form of widespread conversion and a Christian spiritual movement that flourished. Army of Northern Virginia Chaplain J. William Jones noted his direct observations in his book, Christ in the Camp, where he recounted prayer books and pocket testaments were routinely passed out along the long marches and muddy encampments. Chaplain Jones described an army where captured enemy liquor was poured onto the ground; where any officer who was unfaithful to his wife often resulted in his cashiering from the service; and where women of ill-repute were banned from the camps along with profanities and gambling. Reverend Jones noted Confederate soldiers, twenty four hours a day and seven days a week could be found in the camp chapels seeking salvation and saying their prayers. Lee’s army was the kind of army where half-starving Mississippians would collect one-tenth of their meager rations or food supplies to give to the starving citizens of Richmond, Virginia, whom they had never met before. Lee kept such towering men of integrity on his staff such as Chaplain Jones and Brigadier General William Pendleton. Jones noted nothing inspired the soldiers of Lee’s army more than seeing their great generals, Lee and Jackson, bowed before God as humble men in regular church services. It must be remembered that tens of thousands of soldiers in the Southern armies emulated Lee, Jackson, Gordon, Pendleton, and others with their profound influence of faith.
Equally notable, is the fact that despite the brutal suffering and total war waged against Southern civilians of all ages, black, white, slave and freemen- never did Lee and his high command condone retaliatory vengeance. Even as his own country was being burned behind him by the Union generals whose names live forever in infamy, Lee understood there were principles more sacred than even winning a war. Lee’s adherence to these principles can be found in his written words to his Army of Northern Virginia, General Orders No. 73 that read in part:
There have, however, been instances of forgetfulness on the part of some, that they have in keeping the yet unsullied reputation of the army, and the duties exacted of us by civilization and Christianity are not less obligatory in the country of the enemy than in our own. The commanding general considers that no greater disgrace could befall the army, and through it to our whole people, than the perpetration of the barbarous outrages upon the innocent and the defenseless and the wanton destruction of private property, that have marked the course of the enemy in our own country. Such proceedings not only disgrace the perpetrators and all connected with them, but are subversive of the discipline and efficiency of the army and destructive of the ends of our present movements. It must be remembered that we make war only on armed men, and that we cannot take vengeance for the wrongs our people have suffered without lowering ourselves in the eyes of all whose abhorrence has been excited by the atrocities of our enemy, and offending against Him to whom vengeance belongeth, without whose favor and support our efforts must all prove in vain. The commanding general therefore earnestly exhorts the troops to abstain, with most scrupulous care, from unnecessary or wanton injury to private property; and to enjoin upon all officers to arrest and bring to summary punishment all who shall in any way offend against the orders on this subject.
R.E. Lee, General
CAL2 · October 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm
Nobody can argue with that. They can only deny it, attempt to change the subject, make irrelevant accusations, blame victims, and spew lies and nonsense, as usual.
AmericanPatriot · October 8, 2020 at 7:36 am
Black lives don't matter to blacks and to liberals who make millions off of black squalor.
3275 blacks have been shot in Chicago so far this year. 619 murdered.
Police have shot 14.
Yet not a peep from any of the brain damaged rabble rousers like the poster who wrote this article.
Why don't these lives matter? Turns out St Floyd of Minnesota conclusively died of a drug overdose. Crayon Martin was shot in self defense.
Yet the unhinged riot ceaselessly. Barking about 'justice.'
All over media perpetuated fraud.
beanter8 · October 7, 2020 at 11:12 pm
A thousand times petrified the soul. Germs live sprout and me! tetris
jim goodwin · October 7, 2020 at 6:08 pm
Prove it, Cammie. I'm not going to defend criminal behavior. But prove it.
Do you even know about the mountain of circumstantial evidence that's being found implicating the Obama administration of orchestrating the entire "Russian election interference" operation? Whatever you might prove Trump has done that's criminal, it will be like a damn traffic ticket compared to abuse of power that was executed by the Obama administration. And you know what I say to even that? Prove it! Otherwise suck it up!
Cammie Rodgers · October 7, 2020 at 5:35 pm
jim goodwin - If we have laws that are just for all, then WHY is Trump still walking around free? I'll tell you why, he has the money to hire lawyers, and now he has the DOJ backing his criminality.
"But don't demand that laws be ignored because you don't like certain outcomes."
Prime example of someone that demands that laws be ignored, TRUMP.
Demosthenes · October 7, 2020 at 8:37 am
Yeah I never understood how conservative Christians could square their beliefs with the leadership of Trump. I can't imagine ever having a leader further out of line with the Gospels.
jim goodwin · October 7, 2020 at 7:55 am
Perpetuating lies, this opinion piece.
We have laws. If prosecutors ignore the law to appease a mob, they are not serving in the capacity to which they are sworn. Just because you don't like the outcome of a judicial proceeding doesn't mean our country is systemically racist. And just because Breonna Taylor was black, doesn't mean she was killed because of her race. Just because the officers that shot her were white doesn't mean the prosecutor was lenient.
The prosecutor followed the law. Maybe if Breonna Taylor's boyfriend had followed the law, she would NOT be dead. Maybe if Breonna Taylor had enough sense not to hang around with drug dealers, she would not be dead.
Jeff Davis is clearly ignorant on all fronts.
One other point about "Would you vote for a man who refused to condemn white supremacy?" We do not bow down or kneel for anyone. We do not utter words just because someone demands it of us. Anyone that does that is a puppet. Trump is not a puppet. Biden is a puppet.
You don't like the laws, vote for those who would change them. But don't demand that laws be ignored because you don't like certain outcomes.
badelectronics · October 6, 2020 at 6:53 pm
They only started calling him a racist when he became a Republican.
you be wrong df
DonkeyFarmer · October 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm
The author of this op-ed is either ignorant or a liar. President Trump has condemned White supremacy on several occasions. It is on video. Go look it up Jeff Davis, then come back here and apologize for lying.
Isn't it interesting Donald Trump was never called a racist all his years as a Democrat in New York? He even got awards from Jesse Jackson.....
They only started calling him a racist when he became a Republican.
brandonj · October 6, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Sad indeed. You old white liberals need to stop it with this CRT Marxist non-sense and using the Bible for cover. There are racist and bad police out there, as there are in every profession. Do you have evidence the officers in the Taylor case are racist? Do you have evidence that blacks are disproportionately killed by police per encounter? Of course you don't.
Police arguably need more funding and better training in these high crime areas. We need to end the "war on drugs" in order to de-incentivize the narcotics trafficking lifestyle.
Also, I recall the Irish were systematically abused for centuries too. One of them (a president) was even shot in broad daylight, possibly by the "police"!
AmericanPatriot · October 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm
How pathetically sad. What broken and disturbed people.
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