Quest for Truth by Life Truth
Black Lives in the Image of God. (275)
Trying to address a touchy topic and still apply kindness, Keith and Nathan review articles of belief directly from the Black Lives Matter web site. Before digging into our topic, Keith addresses the matter of dignity and the value of human life. Definitions are drawn from the Statement on Social Justice, and dictionary sources.
Article 2—The Imago Dei: (Image of God).
WE AFFIRM that God created every person equally in his own image. As divine image-bearers, all people have inestimable value and dignity before God and deserve honor, respect, and protection. Everyone has been created by God and for God.
WE DENY that God-given roles, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, sex or physical condition, or any other property of a person either negates or contributes to that individual’s worth as an image-bearer of God.
Dignity comes from who you are, not what you do.
* “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
* Rights and dignity are usually tied together, but human rights can be different in different societies.
* Dignity is universally understood,
* Dignity has inner moral worth.
Views on dignity
* Democratic: is inherent, entitled, cannot be merited or lost.
* Aristocratic: can be gained or lost on what is done. More in line with respect.
* Judeo-Christian: dignity, worth, value is from God.
* Social Justice: Individual rights are most important (autonomy, flourishing). Not collective rights.
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Black Lives Matter
They really do matter because of the inherent dignity and worth of being created in the image of God. Not due to any self-proclaimed definition, or any other man-made concept like those found in movements like social justice, feminism, or confused definitions of human sexuality. Many of which seem to form the foundation for the Black Lives Matter movement, and have little to do with the problems that specifically face Black lives.
We discuss the mission and main points of each statement, some of which we find plenty to agree on, especially where it deals directly to supporting the value of human life, and Black lies in particular. The commitment to finding unity among black communities and networks together is a noble undertaking. As is the desire to intervene in violence, whether it's state-sanctioned or a vigilante force.
It's good to acknowledge similarities, differences, and to work for justice for all, starting with blacks and to everyone.
Then the trend in the statements becomes convoluted, difficult to follow and at times seem to contradict themselves. It isn't difficult to see the influence of radical feminism, intersectionality, and other influences, none of which lend any help to the cause of the core mission of this movement.
Is there really a big segment in the black population who are oppressed for their gender or sexual identity? Will dismantling nature's age-old way of identifying the two sexes actually be the key to bring justice for all manner of violence done to a global black community?
The claim of not being sexist includes language that is clearly anti-male. Is it really family-friendly to dismantle a patriarchal system, making single moms work double shifts, care for kids, and still find time to be active in social work? wouldn't it be better to rebuild a system that placed fathers back in the home?
No. The official Black Lives Matter movement would rather disrupt the nuclear family. It claims the concept that "it takes a village" to raise a child is better.