Kneeling, Trump, and White House invitations rejected. It’s been an interesting weekend in the sports world. I like to keep things strictly scriptural on here for the most part, but I occasionally find politics too fascinating not to talk about.
If you haven’t been keeping with the American sports/political news of late, there’s been a back and forth between President Trump and members of the NFL and NBA organizations. It started when Trump called NFL player Colin Kaepernick a son of a “B” at his rally on Friday for his kneeling during the National Anthem. Mr. Trump believes owners should fire people who do that. After his comments some NFL owners and players spoke their disapproval of these comments. President Trump responded instructing his followers to boycott the NFL. He also dis-invited NBA player Stephen Curry from coming to the White House for the Golden State Warriors NBA championship celebration, to which the Warriors responded by declining to go to the White House.
Keeping up with everything so far? Since then it’s all turned into a back and forth war of words. As usual, the media is ready to sensationalize everything with watching how many players take a kneel today. I just have a few thoughts on this issue.
Controversy overshadowing the message
Colin Kaepernick desired to bring attention to police brutality and social injustices through his kneeling, but the controversy seems to be overshadowing the message. It’s like when PETA has women get naked to bring attention to animal cruelty. Sure, they get some attention, but the controversial tactic overshadows the message. Perhaps a different tactic should be taken by NFL players other than kneeling during the anthem. At a certain point, like with the things politicians do, it all starts to just look like theater, which doesn’t accomplish anything.
Outrage out of proportion?
I think all the outrage over a kneel seems a bit odd. I think of other things one could do that could be more disrespectful to the US flag and American troops other than kneeling during the national anthem. One could spit on the flag, pee on it, flip it off, or worst of all burn it. I find patriotism a little discomforting at times, because people seem to elevate it to a level with or beyond Christ. Those of as Christians should always make Christ our first and primary allegiance.
People just picking sides
A lot of things seem to be devolving to a point where people are just picking sides and arguing their point of view. Are you for kneeling during the anthem or are you against kneeling during the anthem? Are you for black lives matter or against black lives matter? Is the problem police brutality or black on black crime? Are you a liberal or a conservative? No nuance, just one or the other. Thankfully I’m just a Christian in all this.
If you’re just a Christian like me, all we have to do is find ways to exercise our love through acts of goodness that draw people to our faith which changes them and changes the world. Even if one’s personal politics is different from Black Lives Matter, one can go out of their way to help those in underprivileged communities through volunteering. Vice versa, people who think police brutality is prevalent, besides just protesting, find ways to create better relations between police and the community. Organize community meet and greets, befriend some cops, consistently remind them how much they’re appreciated for putting their lives on the line. Basically we can all find ways to help the other side we may strongly disagree with feel loved, which can open the door for more understanding.
Unfortunately some people on both sides will never approach these issues with a level of maturity and kindness that could benefit improving these disagreements. But I hope more people, particularly my fellow Christians, will turn to love over anger with those who they strongly disagree with in these contentious times.
Peace to you all in Christ.