All lives matter.
Black lives matter.
Blue lives matter.
Any rational and secure person will agree with all three of the above statements, and be able to comfortably say, and fully and lovingly embrace all three.
The one thing that I can assure you is this: If someone gets upset when they hear someone say, “all lives matter,” or “black lives matter,” the problem is not with the person saying it; the problem is within themselves.
Only an irrational insecure person, or a person struggling with hate or misplaced emotion, would take objection to, or not embrace, any of the three. Though, we should also have empathy and love for those people. They’re lost, or hurting, or both. Don’t push them further into the wilderness, but instead love them, pray for them, and if you’re able, help them find home.
To those of you who may be one of those who struggles emotionally or gets angry when you hear one of the above phrases:
Your emotion is understandable. But I would ask you:
Why would you give over the power to make you angry to a phrase?
Why would you assume that someone using the phrase has anything but good intentions?
It is important to realize that most of the people who use one of the above phrases will not have any bad intentions. They may differ from you politically or have prioritized aligned in a different order than you, and they most certaintly have a different persepctive and different expeirences than you, but in the end, they share the most important things with you. They want a more peaceful, loving world, and to spin off the title of my blog, they want everyone to equally be able to pursue life, liberty and happiness (or pizza in my case).
“Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.”
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”