God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false.~2 Thessalonians 2:11
Welcome back to the study table, my friends! All are welcome here, and I hope you read your assignment from yesterday! If you don’t know what the assignment was, back up and review yesterday’s lesson: Lawlessness: Is it Already at Work in Our World Today?
Focus on verse 11 of 2 Thessalonians (quoted above). Paul, the writer of that letter, refers to a “deluding influence” that will cause people to believe what is false. In full context, it refers to a time after the “lawless one” is revealed (according to verse 8). That lawless one is undoubtedly the Antichrist. However, we see clear foreshadows of that delusional influence in our world today, causing people to believe what is false. (Delusional means “holding beliefs contradicted by reality or rational argument.”)
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an example of delusion. However, before you go off with assumptions, allow me to clearly state the position. Indeed, ALL lives, including black ones, matter. None is more important than another, and every life is valuable to our Creator God who created everyone of us in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27) Additionally, what was done to George Floyd was unconscionable, and the officer responsible for his death rightly faces justice in a court of law.
That incident resulted in a movement, however, that is misdirected and poorly founded. The tension we see in the name of Black Lives Matter is not a skin issue, it is a sin issue. It is not a race issue, but a grace issue.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.~Ephesians 6:12
Let’s consider the delusion (beliefs contradicted by reality or rational argument) of BLM. The movement claims to be “a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism,” and they call for “justice.” (https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/)
I do not deny the fact there are biased and racially-motivated offenses committed by those who choose to make race an issue. However, to label it “state-sanctioned” and “anti-Black racism” is a far stretch. Offenses are not limited to one demographic, and it is not solely one-way discrimination. Many things viewed as “discrimination” or “racially-motivated” are simply mistakes or exercises in bad judgment by a few, which do not reflect the attitudes and actions of all. (Example: not all white cops are out to kill black men.) It is far from state-sanctioned.
But let’s get to the nitty-gritty where the delusion is revealed. If black lives matter:
- Why isn’t there outrage toward Planned Parenthood? According to the CDC, almost half of all pregnancies of black women are aborted, killing tens of thousands of black babies every year. (Source) Where is the outrage over that egregious loss of life?
- Amid BLM protests in Chicago following the George Floyd incident, 18 people (mostly black) were killed in a single day, making it the deadliest day in Chicago in over 60 years. (Source) Why no outcry over the black lives lost senselessly while rioters exercised their lawlessness?
- Riots in NYC and other US cities following the incident resulted in destruction of predominately black neighborhoods and businesses, crippling the financial lives of many black Americans. (Example) Why no rise to stand for those black folks who lost their livelihoods?
Here is the point: as Americans, we have a Constitutional right to protest what we believe to be unjust. However, it crosses over into delusional when the facts are thrown out the window and protests become angry rants rather than a method in which to bring injustice to light. Beliefs contradict reality and rational argument when innocent people are harmed in the name of “protest,” and delusion is born.
In the current situation, protest has turned to anarchy, which will destroy all of America…including the very ones who simply want to live life without conflict. Therefore, the big losers are those in the black community in which BLM purports to help.
What’s the solution? Or, the better question: how do we approach this Biblically? Let’s start with the Biblical principle most applicable to the situation. It is found in Acts 17:24-28.
- God made the world and all things in it, and He is Lord of heaven and earth. (Verse 24) Thus, we must all submit to Him, not our own ideas.
- He Himself gives to all people life and breath. (Verse 25) None of us of any skin tone have life without Him.
- Here is the key: He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth. (Verse 26) There is only one race…the human race!
- He created everyone of us to seek Him. (Verse 27) Thus, we must be driven, not by our own agendas, but by seeking Him.
- In Him we live and move and exist. (Verse 28) Apart from Him, we destroy life, remain stuck in sin, and will cease to experience the fullness of life.
Delusion leads us astray and the mystery of lawlessness becomes less a mystery and more a reality. Avoid believing what is false, but rather stand firm on God’s Word, believers! Our hope is in nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness!
That’s all for today, but join us around the study table tomorrow when we consider Lawlessness: Violence Turns to Anarchy. See you then!