Updated: Jun 25
On the 25th May 2020 an African American man named George Floyd was murdered on the streets of Minneapolis in the United States of America after a white police officer named Derek Chauvin held his knee to George Floyds neck for over 9 minutes.
While many churches and church leaders across the world have rallied around the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Prophet Tomi Arayomi has declared what many would consider to be an unpopular opinion during this sensitive time. He has openly stated his inability to align himself with the movement and the ideology, urging church leaders to ask: is this really what ‘justice’ looks like?
During the latest ‘The Rig: The Pioneers’ e-church service themed: Justice, prophet Tomi broke down his concerns with the Black Lives Matter movement stating that it is important for Christians and the church as a whole to look at things from a heavenly perspective rather than an earthly one.
One of the questions he alludes to is: what is the “Spirit” behind Black Lives Matter? Could it be that while it may seem like a means to an end, the means is actually us partnering with something that isn’t quite what we think it is.
While many people have rallied behind the term as a way of showing unity and solidarity in highlighting a number of systemic and disproprotate inequalities that the Black community face,
During the online service Tomi takes key points from the Black Lives Matter website and asks: is this what we’re standing for?
Statements made on the Black Lives Matter website include: “When we gather we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of hetro-normative thinking, or rather the belief that all the world is heterosexual”
It then goes on to say: “We disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement... [and continues] we are self reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cis-gendered privelege”
What does this all mean you might ask? Well, quite plainly, it means that Black Lives Matter aims to break down the very mandate of Christ for all people. Essentially, their core beliefs go directly against the word of God and look to dismantle Biblical truth.
Having read the manifesto a few questions one might ask then is:
If the intention is to “free” people from “hetro-normative thinking” then does that mean that I automatically disqualify myself if I say that I believe in relationships in the form that God intended i.e. between a man and a woman? Or perhaps if I, in knowing that as a Christian I believe that the family structure should be and remain: a man, a woman and their children, then does it mean that I don’t get invited to the cookout?
Arguably, these may be some of the very internal and external conflicts that Christians have been having in attempting to discern where to stand in this matter. And perhaps it has led to the final question: what do I/ we do then? I know injustice exists and I want to fight against it but I don’t want to partner with something that goes against Jesus.
Well, Tomi answers this quite simply:
“If you want to protest… your greatest protest is love” as he continues: “God doesn’t defend a race, God doesn’t defend a gender, God doesn’t defend a people, God only defends a purpose [...] His justice is impartial”
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