This Sunday, Hillsong New York pastor Carl Lentz took to Facebook to explain why the church has embraced Black Lives Matter and addressing racial injustice. Specifically, he explained why they don’t use the phrase “All Lives Matter.” Lentz wrote:
“At THIS church, we are not saying ‘all lives matter’ right now because this is a logical assumption that most reasonable people agree with. All lives are not at risk right now. We ARE saying BLACK LIVES MATTER. Because, right now, black lives apparently are worth LESS on our streets. It’s “our fight” not “their fight.”
The church has become one of most the influential young congregations in the country, regularly engaging in conversations about race and social injustice. Last week, Lentz posted a black and white photo of the church’s leadership team on Instagram, explaining:
“What’s ironic about using a “black and white” filter on a photo, is that you can’t really tell who’s black, and whose white..ironic.. Last night we had a meeting w/ some faithful leaders in our church, who are mostly black, to begin what will be an ongoing discussion on progressive diversity.
We talked about things that were very frustrating/sad/uncomfortable and vulnerable.. Things like how it feels to be black in America right now. I also asked how it feels to be black, and a faithful part of @hillsongnyc …all I can say, is that I’m glad to be a part of a church and community that is a work in progress and discontented w/ status culture quo.
I would encourage anybody who cares about people, to somehow find a way to hear voices of those that don’t share your journey. It will impact you. And times are as urgent as they have ever been…
What’s cool to me?? I don’t see this photo and think about color. I see this photo and I think about family.. #occupyallstreets also.. Shout out to Corey Robinson who declared “I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT BEING BLACK! EVERYTHING!” Haha i cannot relate, but you totally convinced me.”