The Hillsong NYC Pastor, Carl Lentz, has been reported as not necessarily supporting the BLM movement, but has declared the following:
At THIS church, we are not saying ‘all lives matter’ right now because this is a logical assumption that most reasonable people agree with. All lives are not at risk right now. We ARE saying BLACK LIVES MATTER. Because, right now, black lives apparently are worth LESS on our streets. It’s “our fight” not “their fight.”
This is where I may not be on the same page as all the critics. I understand where he is coming from. I do not see this pastor as hopping on board with the BLM movement. He is, however, utilizing their catch phrase with its pure meaning. A lot of people are having a hard time with this one, and that is primarily due to the idiots rioting in the streets in the name of BLM (which is now an anarchistic movement similar to that of occupy wall street, funded by similar groups, being manipulated to promote chaos).
The heart of the Black Lives Matter hashtag was in relation to bringing attention to black lives that are being caught up in gang violence, drugs, criminal organizations, and abuse by corrupt law enforcement in areas where these other aspects are prevalent. Big cities have corrupt cops that are a part of the problem, but not all officers are corrupt, and the overwhelming majority (i.e. over 95%) of police officers are good, honest, and decent people who make their living trying to protect everyone, race inclusive. The Black Lives Matter hashtag, and its honest and true meaning started with people trying to draw attention to the serious upheaval that is currently dominating the black culture in America, and it is horrible.
This pastor seems to be going down that path. Christians should be seeking to change the culture to a Christian culture. I support that wholeheartedly. We must realize that every culture in the world stems from a religious origin in the past. Christianity has its own culture as well. That culture should be the dominate culture in the United States, but instead, it is the hedonistic culture that has dominated the youth and young adults. This culture is grounded in the religious institutions formed around atheistic philosophies such as secular humanism and various cult like environmental organizations. It is spread on college campuses, promoted in popular media and entertainment, and played on a loop over radio and in the ear buds of kids day in and day out.
This culture has resulted in dedication to gang related activity, voluntary segregation in public schools based on race and sexual preferences (related to race). We have music being divided by race, churches being divided by race, all of this being done voluntarily by those of color. None of this is happening by force, none of this is happening by government indoctrination or any other conspiratorial or fabricated “systematic” racism. This has all been done by the black community by themselves. That is not to deny that there are racists, nor is that to deny that there isn’t racist organizations. But it is to call out the lie that racism is systematic within the American culture, and it is a lie to claim that by just being black, you will be discriminated against by white people.
I respect this pastor for stepping up to the plate. I think his approach is off, and he is missing the point. He is in New York, and another in New Jersey, but at any rate, he is confused on matters. He could be a strong voice but I fear his ear is turned in the wrong direction, and we may see him go down a dark path. All we can do is pray that he stays true to course, and does not allow the BLM movement to take over his pastoral position.