As a minister of the Gospel I rarely go off on a political rant. Now, I do not shy away from it when asked what I think on a particular subject for I know what I believe and I’m not easily swayed when I come to a conclusion, but to create a platform in order for me to promote my agenda—it’s just not me. But, today, I make an exception. Today I will rant. I will speak as loud, through these words as I can—until my opinion is heard and hopefully articulated well and respectfully.
Respect! An interesting choice of words right there; a term not widely lived out in our society today. Maybe we have forgotten what it means!
Respect: a feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something; the state of being admired deferentially (showing or expressing polite respect or courtesy); consideration or thoughtfulness.
Before I go on let me point out something here. In this definition of the word respect you do not find the word agree, which shows me that respect has nothing to do with agreeing, but rather caring about people or things.
Now back to the reason I am writing. I was compelled to pen these words because of a heinously disrespectful act I witnessed this afternoon (September 24, 2017) as I sat down to watch my favorite football team the Seattle Seahawks play the Tennessee Titans. As each of you know and have seen yourself that there is a group of primarily African American players who are kneeling or sitting during the national anthem before each game. There reason—to show opposition toward the so called oppression placed upon them in this country. I will agree that history has recorded that atrocities have been committed to, not only blacks, but other minorities in this country, much of which occurred many years before any of these young millionaires were walking this earth.
Let me pause to make one thing clear. Does racism exist today? Yes it does, but at the hands of whites as well as blacks, but in small pockets. Do white supremacists exist? Yes they do, but they are a cowardly minority.
The truth is when these players sit in opposition to the flag and what it stands for they are not trying to create a better America, but rather bring attention back to them.
When Michael Bennet, shows his immaturity by playing the victim and raising the race card every time he enters the field diminishes his respectability as a human being to me. And when the coaches cater to their childish behavior it is like a parent spoiling a child.
Back to what I saw—
There was no sitting during the anthem in this game. Instead they went way over the top. Rather than choosing to stand or sit during this solemn time both teams decided not to come out to the side lines until the anthem was over as a so called sign of solidarity. It wasn’t solidarity. It was cowardly. These coaches and players have no back bone to stand up for what is right and to encourage their players to do the same.
Because they don’t like what President Trump said in response to their ridiculous antics they act like spoiled children. Whether you like how President Trump is governing really isn’t the issue. He is not the one who founded this country nor formed its government order according to the God given structure in the Word of God!
Sports heroes back in the day used their platform to become strong role models to young people, especially young athletes. I shudder to think what these examples are producing in young players today.
Let me close my rant by reminding you what the scripture says:
Romans 13: 1-7 (NKJV)
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
It paints a pretty clear picture to me! Give it some thought!
Thank you for reading and considering my opinion!
May God bless you abundantly!
I love you all!