Recently, friends sent me arguments about the current political climate — in regards to both Black Lives Matter and the pandemic. A few of these arguments used Bible verses to prove their points.
I am a Christian, but there was a part of me that was disheartened. The passages used didn’t seem to fit the arguments, and the people who sent me the verses don’t consider themselves Christians. I’ll admit, I was also upset because the points were supporting the opposite view from mine. I wanted to look into them further to see if I’m on the wrong side of the aisle. So I decided to do a deep dive.
One argument sent to me was this YouTube video was Learn Out Loud | Carlos Smith.
Most notably, Smith says, “if black lives don’t matter, then all lives don’t matter” and is in favor of the BLM movement. He refers to Matthew 25 for justification. Smith argues that Jesus told us to “as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did to me,” so we need to help the least of these. The passage he is referring to is the following:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” Then the righteous will answer him, saying “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did to me.’ Then he will say those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared…