Justice is a Form of Love; All Love Matters
My dear friend Megan Verdugo posted this image below on Facebook, yesterday. She is a graphic designer, and she made BLACK LIVES MATTER lawn signs, offering to add to her order for anyone who was interested. I loved her post immediately, because I believe in my heart and soul that black lives do matter. Say “All lives matter” to me and I will agree: black lives are an inextricable part of “all.” Still, I admit that I had to think hard about whether I would put up that sign on my lawn, and whether I would even dare share her post on Facebook. I don’t get involved in political arguments on Facebook or in person, as I don’t like to defend what I believe in. I don’t bother with the arguments because I don’t believe that I have the words to change anyone’s minds, at least not in spoken language. But some things must be said.
I thought about the comment about unborn children, and I went to Facebook and deleted my post. My post was there because racial equality and social justice are particularly important to me. I just wanted to take a stand. But it was not a political stand. Standing for the rights of ALL of our brothers and sisters—black, white, or blue—that is a moral stand. It is not statement of politics; I did not learn about it in Civics. It is not a statement of religion, but you know where I learned it? Sunday School. It is what Jesus meant when he said “Love one another.” We must applaud Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, who denounced a certain someone last night for commanding troops to spray rubber bullets and tear gas to dispel peaceful protestors so that he could cross the road to stand in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bible in hand, to deliver a message of aggression that Budde called “antithetical" to the teachings of Jesus and everything he stood for.
I may have taken down the Facebook post, but I think I may want to put out that lawn sign. Proclaiming that “Black lives matter” is not a statement of politics. It is a statement of love. And love is what we are called to proclaim, if we dare profess that we believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
If you want a lawn sign, Megan says she’ll order one for you, too. Send me a private message and we'll hook you up.