For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'” Romans 14:11
In 2016 Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the US national anthem as a way to protest the murders of several Black Americans at the hands of not the court system, but of beat cops. Black Americans make up only 2% of the US population yet are nine times more likely to be killed by police officers. This information is frightening, as well as, egregious and in the wake of this violence Colin Kaepernick began to kneel.
Police murder rates continue to increase and with it more football players peaceful protest through kneeling. In response to this kneeling, the president tweets that players who kneel should be fired. He also tweets that it is disrespectful to the nation to kneel during the national anthem.
The Vice President attended an NFL game on October 8th 2017 and left when players began to kneel. He later tweeted…
I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem…While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. – VP, Pence
The original issue that proved Kaepernick to kneel was the ever-growing list of Black Americans killed without access to a trial, yet under the guise of patriotism, the kneel has been seen by many as disrespectful to the nation and under the umbrella of politics the purpose of the kneel has been washed away to all but a few. The issue of police killing poor minorities is still an issue though this issue appears not to outrage the nation, however, wealthy football players kneeling before a game infuriates even the president. The spirit of the kneel has been missed completely or at least wilfully overlooked.
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32
Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25
Time magazine put Kaepernick on the cover of their October 2016 edition titled The Perilous Fight. Kaepernick wasn’t trying to start a revolution, he was merely trying to solve a huge American problem. You could say that when you take on big problems you can expect big backlash. As a service member I’m not sure that I would ever kneel at the playing of the national anthem, however, I do respect why Kaepernick does. The spirit of Kapernick’s kneel may be lost on most Americans though I challenge all of the readers of Word Today to not let the spirit of Christianity become just as lost.
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