The appalling death of George Floyd in the USA has highlighted the horrific nature and potential of racism which can sadly lurk in each of our hearts whenever we ‘look down’ on anyone who is ‘different from us’. However, rather than endorsing the ‘Black lives matter’ slogan, I prefer to uphold the truth that ‘Every life matters’. Indeed I have been particularly struck, almost from day one of this Coronavirus crisis, at the extraordinary lengths, efforts and costs being expended by so many to save, if at all possible, the life of every person who has the virus, irrespective of colour, creed, age etc. Another current ‘example’ is the substantial commitment and cost incurred in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann some 13 years ago.
The principle that every life matters is, of course, based on the glorious truth and reality that each of us matters to such a degree to God who loves us so much that He gave His Son to die in our place. God’s salvation is freely offered to all humanity, whatever our race, gender, background, income etc. The apostle Paul very clearly declares: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him” (Romans 10v12) and “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3v28).
Let us declare to the world that every life matters to our God of such immense love, and let us seek to obey the Lord’s requirement spelt out by the prophet Micah that we should act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6v8).
Peace and Grace