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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The backlash against Black Lives Matter, in general principle, has to do with BLM’s insistence that the lives of “black’s” must be the exclusive focus. As opposed to including the lives of all others.

BLM is demanding a specific focus. And it demands that special money be given, legislation passed, and cultural changes made that will change the “racial bias” which BLM insists is endemic to America.

While it attempts to silence and threaten all who would disagree with it or any who try to focus also on “all lives” vs specifically “black lives”.

This seems to be the core of the generally-perceived BLM position.

Which is made while assuming that these concerns are truly what is desired. While assuming that there are no other, hidden, agendas that are really being advanced in the midst of all this chaos.

The Normal Tendency 

As a Christian, I want to trust people. And I just assume that someone is telling me the truth. Unless they give me a good reason to believe otherwise.

I just like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Regardless of who they are.

And I think this is a common Christian trait. We don’t want “guile” in our thoughts or actions toward others.

So, for Christians looking on at all this chaos, there is a natural tendency to desire a fair shake for all people. We want everyone to experience “justice”. We desire that all people have equal access to the abundance available in our country.

And we want to believe that those who are crying, “Injustice!”, are actually doing it because they have truly experienced it. That “injustice” is a hard reality in their lives as opposed to simply a “felt” reality.

As opposed to a feeling created by those who would stir up a population of people to dissatisfaction or anger. Over something that they have not actually experienced.

So, we have this natural reaction to support groups that, at least on the surface, appear to want something simple and basic to the American dream. We assume that the cries against oppression are not simply about isolated cases; but that they are coming from widespread injustice.

And, after all, what reasonable person would not want fairness and justice for all people?

Under the Banner of a Good Cause

But, the problem with so many things that occur in this world, is that things are rarely as they seem.

There is often a darker and more sinister side to the events that take place in politics, government, and the culture. There are often hidden agendas and wicked causes that are being advanced under the banner of good causes.

And BLM is no exception.

Systemic Naivete

Yet, Christians often fail to see this. Because of systemic naivete that exists within Evangelicalism.

Yeah, lets call it naivete.

Which is a spirit of blindness and ignorance that is very pervasive in the Christian media culture. This is the culture that is advanced by the scholarly and academic communities within Evangelicalism.

Such as that which is commonly advanced through Christian radio. Which usually is attached to or associated with some Christian college or university culture. Since academics tend to be the appointed spokesmen for our modern Christian generation.

These are the “high priests” of the Evangelical culture. Whose books and seminars and sermon series have become the foundation of so many preaching ministries around this country.

A Different Gospel

These are men who continue to push for “social justice” and other strange, unbiblical concepts. Who stir up and distract the Christian culture from the word of God. And move them to involve themselves in the affairs of this world.

To become active participants with the social and political forces of this fallen world. Believing that this is how the gospel is advanced. This is how to get the world to pay attention to the truths that Christians are teaching.

These men even preach that following the gospel is intrinsically linked to concepts of “social justice”, “environmental justice”, and other social ideals.

Emphasizing a kind of Liberation Theology or Social Gospel, as opposed to showing men that they are hopelessly lost in sin and must repent and believe on Jesus Christ alone. Or else face the wrath of God throughout eternity in the lake of fire.

And that salvation by faith in Christ alone, according to the word of God alone, is the only way to be saved. The only way to a new life of peace and hope.

The Spillover Effects

This world is under attack. It has always been so.

All of us are in the midst of a terrible, violent war that has been raging for thousands of years between spiritual forces more powerful than we can imagine.

But we don’t see this war with our eyes. We only see the outward effects of the war.

In this physical world, we see the spillover effects from spiritual conflict.

The fallen angelic realm and the demonic hordes that exist in this world fight constantly against the Lord and against His angelic hosts.

And the battle is fierce.

Perfect Mercy and Justice

We are also living in a sinful, fallen world. Which is under the curse of sin.

We all feel it and know, full well, that we share that fallen nature.

So, we can all work to try to do those things that are right in this world.

As individuals and within our local churches; but, beyond that, we are really like a ship tossed upon the violent waves and storms in the midst of the sea.

We can adjust our sails, but we are at the mercy of the winds and the waves.

And, of course, at the mercy of the Lord Himself. Whose name is Wonderful and Counselor.

The world, try as it will to create a fair and honest Utopia, continues to fail. Man, with his sinful and unregenerate nature, tries to imitate the justice and mercy of God. He attempts to accomplish this imitation thru his political, psychological, intellectual, and social solutions.

But, his best efforts always fail.

This has always been the case. And it will continue to be so until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth; when He will establish His Kingdom with perfect mercy and justice for all.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (II Timothy 2:4)

 

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