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By Neil Mammen, The Stream, September 22, 2020

Adam Tucker holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary where he serves as the Director of Recruiting and Admissions and also coordinates special events and ministry partnerships.

Adam TuckerIt should go without saying that Christians believe black lives matter. Christians believe all lives matter. It should also go without saying that any true follower of Christ thinks racism (pervasive, systemic, or otherwise) is an affront to the Gospel. If only things were that simple in our present societal chaos.

At a time when people are “canceled” for not putting black squares on their social media, and when they’re harassed by mobs for not raising fists in the air at outdoor eateries, it can be very tempting for Christians to repeat the mantra, “Black Lives Matter.” Should we, though?

I had the privilege recently of helping my alma mater (and current employer) Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College (SES) write a statement on Racism and Social Justice. Given our classical natural law approach to moral issues — unique in the evangelical world — we felt we had something different and important to offer to the conversation.   …

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