As Christians, we are “People of the Book” and, in this book, we read about a God who has created each and ever person in the image of God.
"So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God they were created; male and female God created them." + Genesis 1:27
We also read about Jesus – God wrapped in flesh - who proclaims good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed (Luke 4:16-19). Now, if you know anything about this Jesus character, it will come as no surprise that this famous sermon detailing his public ministry does not mention the rich, the prison-owners, the ones with sight, and/or the oppressors.
Interesting, right? What conclusion, asks the United Church of Christ, are we to draw from this? Doesn't Jesus care about all lives?
In short: yes and no! Yes, we believe God cares for everyone and, we also believe that God lives and moves and breathes and works and lives with a chronic preferential treatment for the poor, the victimized, the marginalized, and the suffering...
In recent years, young black men were 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than their white counterparts. When bodies of color are systemically devalued by our society and by the ones who are called to serve and to protect, we believe it’s time for God’s church to lift up her voice and heavenly chorus that has been sining from the beginning of time, “Black Lives Matter!”
So, if you’re church is ready to stand up and sing, we’ve got your back! SALT has created two new pieces of art that church can use on their bulletins, in their newsletters, as their profile picture, etc., etc. Individuals can use them too - plus, they're free!
Now is the time for churches to join this growing global movement that is working hard to address the civil and human rights of a new generation. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is not new. It stands firmly on the shoulders of former movements, uprisings, and rebellions throughout history that proclaim God's good news, release, sight, freedom, and intrinsic worth.