Moses went to Pharaoh and declared, “SLAVE LIVES MATTER. God said, Let my people go!” Pharaoh hastily responded, “All lives matter. Get back to work.”

The prophets went to the rulers of Israel and preached, “POOR LIVES, WIDOWED LIVES, ORPHAN LIVES MATTER.” The rulers of Israel shot back, “All lives matter. Shut up.”

Jesus walked about the Roman occupied territory of Palestine and taught, “LEPERS’ LIVES MATTER. BLIND PEOPLES’ LIVES MATTER. THE LIVES OF THE HUNGRY, THE THIRSTY, THE NAKED, THE SICK, AND THE IMPRISONED MATTER.”

The Roman occupiers and their collaborators thundered, “All lives matter. Enjoy your crucifixion.”

— adapted from Dr. Peter Gathje, Professor of Ethics at Memphis Theological Seminary