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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Jane Holmes

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August 2020

All Lives Matter

There has been overwhelming support shown by the National Church for the current ‘Black Lives Matter’ cause but it was interesting to note recently the reaction and outcry from some quarters when someone voiced the opinion that what we should be saying is ‘All Lives Matter’ and that it could be seen to be divisive to suggest that it is only the lives of those of darker skin colour that matter.

This is a very sensitive area and the hurt of past and current attitudes of racism experienced by the BAME community runs very deep so I can understand the outcry. But in fact, all lives do matter!  As our lovely editor Gina ( Gina WAtling in THE VOICE) reminded us in the magazine last month, the teaching of the Christian faith tells us that each person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and therefore has equal intrinsic worth and value. 

When Jesus Christ lived amongst us on earth, he modelled for us, he showed us in all that he said and did, how God loves justly, and how his disciples should love all people publicly in a world of inequality.

We live out the love of God justly by publicly saying Every Life Matters to God and therefore every life should matter to all of us.  Jesus teaches us ‘Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself’ and who is our neighbour?  That was the very question asked of him that sparked Jesus’ telling of the story about the Good Samaritan.  A parable known so well to many of us including our children in school.  The message of the parable is that everyone is our neighbour including those of different race or culture, it doesn’t matter who they are or where they are from, we treat everyone with openness love understanding and compassion.

In the first century AD St Paul told the early Christians that following Jesus means that ‘there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’. When Paul sums up the community of those who live “in Christ,” he uses categories that reflect society in the first-century.  To St Paul’s list we might well add for today – there is neither gay nor straight, neither healthy nor disabled, and neither black nor white.

‘Black lives matter’ is an obvious truth in the light of God's love for all His children.  It isn't to suggest that black lives should be, or are, more important than all other lives.  But neither are they any less!  All Lives Matter, and we are all equal in the sight of God.

The Church must express its passion for human rights and all issues of social justice in our communities. The role of the Church should be to strive to speak into and out of the world and community in which we live, which includes people with varied backgrounds, sexualities, genders and abilities.  As Christian’s we gaze upon the world and upon one another through the eyes of God and therefore we should always see as he sees and love as he loves.

So, let’s really appreciate and celebrate our differences, be thankful for the wonderful and diverse world around us which adds colour and life to all.  And let us embrace one another with total acceptance and with unconditional love.   

Much Love

Revd Jane

 


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