In 2013 there was a controversial case involving George Zimmerman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman in a neighborhood recently victimized by a string of burglaries. Martin was returning home through the neighbor after purchasing some items from a convenience store when he was confronted by Zimmerman. A physical altercation ensued in which Zimmerman resorted to lethal use of his weapon. When Zimmerman was tried, he was acquitted by a jury in July of 2013 under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. People took to social media to comment on their opinions on the matter using the hashtag “Black Lives Matter,” claiming that Zimmerman or society as a whole had less concern for the lives of blacks than other races, because Trayvon Martin was black. That social media hashtag became a moniker for an entire national movement that campaigns against violence and systematic racism toward black people. Black Lives Matters regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
As soon as the phrase “Black Lives Matter” became popularized, the phrase “All Lives Matter,” became emerged, with some notoriety by the likes of Senator Tim Scott and Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman who said, “I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings.”
In response President Barack Obama said, “I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities” Furthermore HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher argued that the phrase shouldn’t be “All Lives Matters” because, “That implies that all lives are equally at risk, and they’re not. Black Lives Matter is the right [phrase].”
The nation is divided. Does the statement “All Lives Matter” defend the rights of each person and uphold the sanctity of all lives? Or does the phrase attempt to drown the concerns of prejudice by sweeping it under the rug? Does the line “Black Live Matter” trying to assert that black lives matter more the other lives?
When it comes to matters of life, race should not be considered into the equation. When asking the question, who has life that is intrinsically valuable and should be defended, the matter of race or skin color bears no significance at all. Here, we’d want to remember that we have diversity of skin color and physical appearances because of the diverse geographies people lives following the days of the flood. But on Noah’s Ark there was one family, through which we are all descendants.
Therefore, where someone is mistreated by law enforcement, it doesn’t matter who they are, there should be repercussions is an officer acts outside the bounds of the authority given. And where a citizen acts outside the law, he should be brought to justice and pay the debt to the society for the crime. To claim we should defend life on the basis of one’s race is just as bad to say one should not defend life on the basis of one’s race.
We know this is true in the cross. When Jesus atoned for sins, He atoned for the sins of all people. He told His disciples to go out to all the world, to baptized all nations. The love and mercy and compassion of God is for all people. Thanks be to God of this truth!
 Samuel, Ebenezer. “Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman explains why he stands by that All Lives Matter”. New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
 Aug 15, 2016 broadcast of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.