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Sunday
Sep242017

Taking a Knee

The feud between President Trump and the NFL over the weekend is another indication of how messed up America has become. We do have the right to protest and we do have the right to exercise the right to be heard because that is what America has been known for. The NFL has rules of conduct for anyone who is employed by the NFL including all the teams and the team owners. Here is an example:

The policy states: "It is a privilege to be part of the National Football League. Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL. This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials, and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network or any other NFL business. Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL. We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL."

The NFL Commissioner should read his own policies. The conduct of taking a knee during our national anthem is not a right to exercise the right to freedom of speech. Notice what their policy says: “behavior that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL.” What quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players have started is a disrespectful way to protest ideas about the racism in America. They have a right to protest, no one is taking that away, but it is the wrong forum to disrespect all those men and women who have served this country in the Armed Forces. Grieving families who have lost sons and daughters while fighting for the right of the NFL to exist, and have television rights on Sunday to broadcast their games. This country has issues that need correcting, but you don’t try to correct them by disrespecting the very people who fought for us to have the right to protest.

The President is the Commander in Chief and it is his job to defend those who have laid down their lives for this country.  This is why America will never be great again, because her people can never rise to the level of greatness of past generations. It may be true that this generation is smarter, more educated and more globally minded than previous generations. America was always a country where ideas could be exchanged and debated. However, today people are fearful to even share ideas because if they don’t line up with what the bully pulpits of media are preaching and match the ideology of the political left, they are marginalized and threatened.

Debate is a good thing. It is how we do course correction when someone or something is terribly wrong.  Taking a knee against the national anthem is terribly wrong because it is disrespects the very country that has provided a system of freedom since 1776. The right to debate and the need to course correct are symbolized in our flag and it is who we are with all our warts. Let’s get back to the civil debate that has made our process a process that can change and correct, but let’s not disrespect what our flag represents.  

Protest all you want, vote for the people you want to help bring change in the way you think America should change, but don’t go after the symbols that have given us the freedom to do so.  When you take a knee you are serving the wrong message with the wrong motive.

Here is a concluding thought:

There is coming a day when the liberal left and the conservative right will bend a knee. All governments will bend a knee, along with all rich and poor people. All-powerful people, including all sports teams and owners, will bend a knee. All of Hollywood’s elite entertainers will bend a knee, as well as all the powerful people who pull the strings in economies around the world. They will someday all bend a knee.

You see, bending a knee for the right reasons is a good thing and everyone will do it someday. However, it won’t be in protest - it will be to acknowledge the most powerful person in the universe and our tongues will surrender the rhetoric of our speech to give praises to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Can’t wait.

Philippians 2:10-11 “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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