The battlefield or the football field. Which is an appropriate field of protest?
Again, here’s another spiritual post with political implications. There are many people so enraged by Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick as a part of the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign that they are burning their Nike gear and vowing to boycott the brand.
They are enraged at Colin’s, and other athletes’, peaceful kneeling during the national anthem protest of police brutality and racial injustice. They contend:
- It’s disrespectful to the American flag and those servicemen, servicewomen and veterans both living and dead who have fought under that flag.
- The football field is not the proper place to protest.
- That Nike is seeking to profit from what they view as disrespect.
Many of these same people however are very passionate about their support of the Confederate flag and their support of its historical significance.
As much as I respect anyone’s right to feel the way they do, I have to ask, why aren’t the people who are boycotting Nike boycotting the Confederate flag too.
Here are 3 reasons why I feel this is an act of blatant hypocrisy:
- During the Civil War, an unpeaceful protest, people who fought under the Confederate flag fought against and killed soldiers fighting under the American flag that they claim to hold so dear. That was another country and another government fighting against the United States and our flag. How much more can you disrespect American soldiers than honoring the symbol of the unpeaceful protest that fought against and killed them?
- If the football field is an inappropriate place for a peaceful protest, then how were the battlefields of the Civil War an appropriate place for the unpeaceful protest of war?
- Many companies today profit from the Confederate flag and paraphernalia that is viewed by many as disrespectful to many American citizens.
Jesus constantly confronted the Pharisees and religious leaders about their hyprocrisy…
Luke 12:1 (NKJV)
In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the [a]leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Matthew 15:1-3 (NKJV)
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
Who has the right to determine which protests are acceptable and which are not? How arrogant is that?
It’s amazing how many people consider protesters as whiners until there’s an issue that is important to them.
The reasons behind the kneeling protest are no less important and no less honorable than those who chose to protest and fight against the American flag during the Civil War. To say anything otherwise is the height of arrogance, selfishness and hypocrisy. When will we learn to disagree without insults?
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