One of the latest editions of the Black Lives Matter protests has been taking place in front of the Minneapolis, Minnesota 4th Precinct police station. An illegal camp was set up blocking Plymouth Avenue, which runs in front of the precinct. Occupation of the station entrance, rock throwing, damage to police vehicles, incidents of assault, street barricades, bonfires, an accumulation of debris and harassment of police officers have all been a part of this disruptive demand for “justice.” Shots fired in the area and a shooting directed at protestors have also occurred with several people being injured.
The protest was sparked by a young man being shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer. At issue is, in part at least, an unmet demand for the release of video footage of the incident, which is claimed by protestors to be an incident of murder by the police. Reportedly, the young man was shot by the officer because he was interfering with paramedics, who were on scene providing emergency care for his girlfriend, who he had just beaten up. Supposedly, the man was reaching for the officer’s gun and that’s why he was shot. Some witnesses claim the man was already in handcuffs when he was shot. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has stated on WCCO radio (Minneapolis-St. Paul) the video footage is inconclusive as far as what actually happened. According to Minneapolis city officials, the video (or videos) will not be released until a more thorough investigation is completed.
Supposedly Black Lives Matter exists to police the police and prevent them from killing innocent black folks. However, what most in the media choose to omit is that many of these “innocent victims,” whether black, white or some color in between, shot by police have quite a criminal history. However, that fact, or any other, can never justify cops going beyond the use of reasonable force in the line of duty. Those officers who criminally go beyond their jurisdiction need to be brought to justice.
Officer Garrett Swasey, killed on November 28 while responding to the active shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is being memorialized by Blue Lives Matter, an organization which honors law enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and to be of support to their families left behind.
Regardless of what truly took place, who are really the ones to blame, and what the results of these tragic events and investigations will be, there is something here for us all to think about: Black lives, white lives, and now blue lives. Do lives have a color? If so, what color are they?
All life is given by God, including all human beings from different ethnic backgrounds. How foolish we have been, and continue to be, and how unnecessarily divisive, to value or define a human life based upon the color of the skin of the body that contains their life.
Respect for life has reached a low point in our world. Whether it is the baby butchers and processors at Planned Parenthood, or some other demonized individual going there and shooting away, most lives are now considered cheap and expendable. And many profit financially by destroying them.
The fact is all lives matter because we are created in the image and likeness of God.
“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27, NKJV
Each of us have a soul and a spirit that will continue on forever, either in heaven with the Lord of all creation, or with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
The movement on earth that matters most is being conducted right now by an increasingly persecuted minority of people committed to bringing the power of the good news of Jesus Christ to rescue as many lives as possible from Satan, his lies, sin and the horrendous destruction they have brought upon mankind.
That is why the Creator and Giver of Life entered our evil world. He came as a baby (John 1:1-4, 14), who grew to be a man and poured out His innocent lifeblood on the cross for we who are the guilty ones (I John 1:4-5). Because of His sacrifice, we can now be justified and reconciled back to our Creator freely by faith in His blood (Romans 5:9), so we can live for Him and with Him now and forever.
All lives matter a great deal to Him and should matter a great deal to us as well.
So what color is a life? Acts 17:26a says, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth…” To God our Creator and Redeemer, a life is blood red.