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Peter Heck: Don’t confuse ‘black lives matter’ with Black Lives Matter

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Christian journalist Peter Heck wrote a thought-provoking editorial this week published at

“To be sure, black lives do matter. Every one of them. Their lives matter because they bear the image of the Creator. That demands my respect, my esteem, and my honor.

“It demands I listen to them when they speak. It demands I sympathize with them when they hurt. It demands I sacrifice for them when presented with the opportunity. It demands I defend them when they are insulted.

“It demands my prayer be that God produce in me a consistency between the words I preach – ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ and ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ – and my actions.

“And it also demands that I recognize my greatest act of love to the world is preserving the sound doctrine of Jesus over the counterfeits and forgeries that man desperately peddles in his eternally futile effort to subvert God’s authority.

“That is why it is imperative that the church of Jesus Christ today make abundantly clear the critical distinction between speaking the absolute truth that black lives matter and the act of endorsing an ungodly political movement usurping the slogan to attract an unearned credibility to its dangerous ideology.

“In other words, Christians will embrace the God-ordained truth that ‘black lives matter’ while rejecting the neo-Marxist organization Black Lives Matter.”

To read his full editorial, titled “In loving black people, the Church of Jesus Christ must oppose Black Lives Matter,” visit

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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