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:

  1. It’s disrespectful to the American flag and those servicemen, servicewomen and veterans both living and dead who have fought under that flag.
  2. The football field is not the proper place to protest.
  3. 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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

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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  1. Hi brother people don’t like the NFL kneeling but my first and foremost and concern is the Gospel and we will all bow before Jesus Christ one day and people need to under that. My concern is this NFL season is going to be the same thing debating these protests.

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  2. I don’t see how someone can defend the confederate flag and I don’t see how someone can’t see Nike’s blatant money grab by riding the social justice wave with Kaepernick. Kneeling during the anthem is simply bad timing and not a well thought out protest. Social injustice exists and Christians should be leading the charge against injustice. Taking a knee during the anthem confuses the issue and makes it about military service when all that’s wanted is greater accountability for police abuses. Millionaire players could be out in the community and starting charities but taking a knee isn’t really changing things, simply starting a dialogue. Maybe that’s step one? Hopefully.

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    1. We pray for healthy dialogue. Many of those athletes are very active in their communities and have multiple charities, but they chose this protest too. From the Boston Tea Party, to civil rights marches in the 50’s and 60’s stopping traffic to sit ins disrupting business, many did not approve of the chosen protest or its ‘venue’. I do appreciate your comment and openness to discuss with civility and no name calling or insults. Thanks for commenting my friend:-)

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      1. I believe in freedom of speech and have no issue with the kneeling. I simply think it’s ineffective for the desired outcome – police accountability. There is certainly an issue that needs to be addressed with police forces. The Milwaukee Bucks player that got taken down in the Walgreens parking lot for a minor infraction is mind blowing to me. God help us all love our neighbor!

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  3. TWELVE presidents had slaves? I did not know that. Dear Lord Jesus, I do not understand how any human being can own another human being and think that is right.

    I agree with this post. And I am 99% “white”, according to my 23andMe and Ancestry (dot) com DNA results. I grew up in a small Missouri town in the 1950s where people of color were run out of town. It hurt my heart even then. I just don’t understand it.

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  4. Well, all I can say is….if especially the Christians lining up on BOTH sides of BOTH of these issues got as loud and vocal about the Gospel as about all of this stuff? We again would turn the world upside down. Funny how we can holler about Nike or that flag, and scarcely say the word Jesus to another. Just my two cents LOL.

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