This is unquestionably the most sensitive, delicate, and controversial topic we’ve ever written about. It was brought to our attention by our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.” We never would have touched this subject were it not first raised by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, he just posted Should Christians Support Black Lives Matter? As most of you know, Black Lives Matter is, according to Wikipedia: “is an organized movement in the United States advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality against African-American people.” There’s more to it than that, and Wikipedia’s article is a large one.
This is an extremely sensitive subject, and we’ve very surprised to see Hambo blogging about it. Perhaps your Curmudgeon is being too cautious. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Hambo’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
There is intense cultural pressure right now for everyone — believers included — to support what is called Black Lives Matter. And not just the slogan — there’s an entire organization by the same name. Of course, Bible-believing Christians believe that the lives of those with a darker shade of skin (what our culture usually calls “black”) matter as do lives of every shade. And as we share in our book “One Race One Blood,” racism, discrimination, and prejudice are very real problems, but that ultimately, they are rooted in sin. So should we use the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and thus support the group behind it?
Hambo has indeed been clear about his advocacy of non-discrimination, so why is he now venturing into this volatile area? We’ll soon find out. He says:
Our friends over at Living Waters [link omitted] recently released a short video answering that question. It includes on-the-street interviews with Black Lives Matter protesters, shares the gospel, and reveals — from Black Lives Matter’s own website — just some of the things this group is fighting for.
Living Waters? That’s the operation of Ray Comfort, the former street preacher. He’s best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. Is Hambo looking to that guy for leadership in this very sensitive area? He tells us:
I believe many Christians don’t understand what the group is truly about and, if they knew, they wouldn’t support the organization and what it stands for. I encourage you to invest about 10 minutes of your time to watch and then share this video:
There’s a video embedded in Hambo’s post. We never bother with such things, but you can click over there to watch it if you want to. Hambo continues:
We are thankful for like-minded ministries like Living Waters that are pointing people towards the only solution to racism: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hambo then says he’s opposed to reparations and that the bible is the only solution to the problem. His post goes on about that for a few more paragraphs. You can click over there and read it if you like, but this is where we leave him.
We’re amazed at the boldness of Hambo’s post, but your Curmudgeon won’t venture into the good or bad features of this political movement — too many people seem eager to be offended. We judge people on their values and their work, and that won’t change.
One final note: we urge you, dear reader, to be careful with your comments.
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