Black Lives Matter

To me, as a Christian, a pastor, and a member of the human race, it makes complete sense to post a “Black Lives Matter” sign in my yard. A fundamental part of my belief system is that Jesus calls us to look out for one another and especially those who are suffering. I can see how my own vision of life is clouded by being white. Even though I did not grow up wealthy and I have known suffering in life, I have still been afforded more opportunities and experienced less obstacles than others because I happen to have been born white. I am devoted to learning about this and growing in my understanding. And if posting a sign in my yard that says, “Black Lives Matter,” helps even one person of color to feel seen and heard, then it is a good and worthwhile thing to do.

My children and I also posted a “Black Lives Matter” sign in a local area where people are always posting signs. Those other signs are for all sorts of businesses and causes and many have been there for years. The “Black Lives Matter” sign we posted didn’t even last for twelve hours before someone took it down.

All I can think about now is: Why are you threatened by those three simple words? What can possibly bother you about lifting up the fact that a group of people matter?

I will not say a negative word about where we live or the people here. I know so many people here who are so generous and kind, who reach out and help anyone in need. After living all around the nation, my husband and I chose to come back here to live and raise our children. People here care about each other and the world in which we live. Many are deeply thoughtful about issues that matter.

In any area of the country, that sign could have been stolen. But why? Why are you threatened by those three simple words? What can possibly bother you about lifting up the fact that a group of people matter?

I do not understand.