Our nation has experienced tragedy, most recently expressed in Baton Rouge with the killing of three police officers: Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola.
Black Lives Matters has become the rally cry against unnecessary brutality by police against black people.
A response has risen that All Lives Matter, encouraging us to remember as a nation that we should be unified together, setting aside race and issues that divide us.
We must take it a step further to realize that One Life Matters. The one life that matters most is the life of Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ, we have no moral compass, no standard of right and wrong. Without Jesus Christ, we cannot see past ourselves to realize the value of others.
Jesus sets the standard for us as He says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) This is the foundation of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
How did Jesus love us? He saw us as we are, as sinners, and he loved us enough to die for us so that we may be forgiven and restored to God.
One Life Matters by showing us that we do not have to stay sinners, but that we can become righteous. We no longer have to do what is wrong, but we can do what is right. We do not have to return violence for violence, but we can respond with love.
One Life Matters, Jesus’ life matters because He opens the door for us to become the people that we ought to be.
One Life Matters, Jesus’ life matters because He helps us be the people that recognize that all lives matter, regardless of race, religion, age or any other socio-economic status.
It seems our world has gone crazy. We see the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. We see the attack in Nice, France perpetrated with a truck. We see all the rage, the violence, and even the fear with the upcoming election. We wonder what the answer is.
The answer is that One Life Matters. If we will all find salvation in Jesus Christ, we will be changed. When we believe in Jesus, the hate goes away, the violence goes away, and the fear goes away.
Now is the time to come together. Now is the time for God’s people to be a faithful witness. Now is the time for our nation to repent and to come back to God.
The church must lead in this effort as we tell the world that All Lives Matter because One Life Matters.