It’s interesting to me how we sometimes expect more of one another than God expects of us.
Those who are against athletes kneeling during the National anthem complain they are disrespecting the American flag and service men and women who have fought for it.
Those who support kneeling contend it’s a peaceful protest to bring attention to police brutality against African-Americans.
The protest escalated when the President of the United States used his podium and position of authority to call athletes who choose to kneel sons of b*****s. This is not only insulting them but their mothers. It amazes me that so many ‘Christians’ (especially Christian leaders) are not offended at that.
My question is this. Why is kneeling considered disrespectful?
God allows us to approach Him kneeling, standing, or sitting.
Do you always stand to honor God when you pray?
Do you always stand before God when you read His word?
Jesus did when He read the scripture publicly in the synagogue…do you ALWAYS do likewise?
Luke 4:16 (NKJV)
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
Respecting a flag and the ideal behind is fine, but I will honor NOTHING more than I honor God.
Many of our traditions and expectations aren’t necessarily ordained by God…but merely traditions.
Remember how Jesus constantly rebuked the Pharisees for expecting more from the people than God did. How he rebuked them for being more passionate about traditions than devotion to God and His expectations.
Matthew 15:3 (NKJV)
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
In many ways, our country has set traditions that contradict what God commanded.
Think about it…
People are expected to put their hand on a bible and swear an oath to tell the truth when God forbids swearing in that same bible. That makes little since anyway since swearing on a bible means nothing to an unbeliever.
People are expected to take ‘an oath of office’ when God forbids it.
Matthew 5:33-37 (NKJV)
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
We must be careful that we don’t have the spirit of the Pharisees. It’s not fair for one base someone else’s patriotism on their expectations, perspective or traditions.