This past week has been one of the most distressing weeks in America’s recent history. Again, three young black men — Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small — were shot dead by police under circumstances that many believe did not have to end in a fatality.
And then, on Friday, five white police officers in Dallas, TX — Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson — were gunned down by a black man as they were overseeing a peaceful demonstration in the city.
Once again, the nation is confronted by crucial questions as many engage in soul-searching regarding how we got to this place in America. Once again, slogans have been thrown about — “black lives matter”, “all lives matter”, “blue lives matter,” etc. Racial conflict, and its sometimes deadly consequences, has unfortunately led to increased division in our country. This is evident even in the belief of some that one of the aforementioned slogans should be used to the exclusion of all others.
Whatever position you take on issues of race, police brutality, and injustice in this country, I can tell you without a doubt that all lives matter to God. You may not feel like your life or the lives of a certain group of people matter to the government or to society at large, but I can say without hesitation that every life matters to God. In God’s eyes, every person is deserving of being treated with respect, honor, fairness, and dignity because every human being is made in God’s image. Most importantly, every life counts to God because every life represents a soul worth saving from sin and the punishment of sin.