OK, I admit it. I love God. I am not ashamed of that. I love my country. I am not ashamed of that either. I have certainly done some things in my life of which I am ashamed, but those two things are not numbered among those. So, like you, I am not perfect.
I am saddened that there is a controversy over standing for our national anthem. I mean really…what is the purpose of standing for that song? Could it be that it is to honor the flag which represents freedom to hundreds of millions of people not only in this country but all over the world? Could it be to honor those brave men and women who have fought and died to preserve the freedoms we hold dear in this nation?
There are many more reasons than those two but I think those two are enough.
I heard that they are protesting that black people are unduly harassed and targeted by police. That’s hard to believe coming from some guys who make more in one year than most of the people they claim to represent will make in a lifetime. Instead of crying out against oppression, why not put some of that money into building some amazing youth centers in some poor neighborhoods so that those young people who will never be able to make the kind of money an average NFL player will make over the course of their career might be able to find a place to discover healthy relationships and mentors? You want to help people of your race, then do something positive in the life of someone who may be on the edge of falling into the abyss of crime or darkness.
How about arranging and sponsoring some town halls between police and neighborhoods where there have been incidents of alleged or proven police abuses? Taking a knee is a statement that produces nothing but controversy. The media hypes it and it gets a little attention to those who do it. But come on, you young, spoiled millionaires, grow up. Shut up and play some football. Make your statements on your own time, not mine or the millions of others who just want to see some big guys beat up against a wall of other big guys and throw and run with a ball.
Yes there is injustice in the world, but less in America than any other country that comes immediately to mind. Try protesting in Castro’s Cuba. Try shouting cries of injustice in Syria. Do something positive that will have a lasting impact on the lives of young people. Teaching them to protest does nothing but make them suspicious of others who are not like them or who may think a little differently.
If we would all spend as much time doing good for one another, teaching one another to love, if possible, even your enemies and do good for them, then each of our lives would be a bit more peaceful, both the givers and the receivers, as we experience God’s love and His incredible joy ….together! It will spread like wildfire and engulf all of humanity.