Colin Kaepernick won’t stand up for the national anthem. I suspect many of the same people who defended Tim Tebow’s right to kneel as an expression of his faith are the most upset about it. That group tends to bunch up as conservative, white Republicans that claim Christianity as their faith. Their Republican views and their Christian beliefs kind of intermingle, jumping between the Constitution and the Bible, relying on whichever is most convenient. Oh, yeah, demographically I guess you’d have to include me in that group (although not always in my behaviors and opinions, I hope).
If Tebow should be allowed to kneel, then Colin has to be allowed to sit. You can’t have it both ways. Freedom is freedom and the cost is that others get to disagree with you in their freedom, too. The Constitution says so.
There are limits to of these kinds of expressions when protests infringe on the rights of others. You can’t hurt other people when you voicing your opinions. Neither of these guys have hurt anybody by their bodily posture at a football game, yet both drew a reaction with Colin being ripped most recently.
There is an irony in the choice both of them have made in that neither has hurt anybody and I don’t suspect either changed anybody’s mind, either. I doubt anybody ever converted to Christianity because Tebow would kneel. In fact, it seems like some non-Christians got upset about Christianity because Tebow was so bold about it.
In the same way, it doesn’t appear the justice issues are getting any attention because Kaepernick is sitting. In fact, some that are in the racial majority are getting upset about race and the tension therein because Kaepernick is being so bold about it.
First and foremost, white Republican views are not exclusively Christian and Christians do not manifest as white Republicans. It’s critical to stop intermingling the cause of Christ with the causes of a particular political party or race.
For those that are Christ followers who find themselves offended by the Kaepernick protest, why are you so sensitive to whether or not everyone agrees with everything you say and think? Why do you need everyone to kneel, sit, stand and sing exactly when you think they should because that’s when you would? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate, based on your faith as well as the Constitution, to respectfully consider their perspective which doesn’t hurt you one bit?
It’s appears that some adopted “WWID?” or “What Would I Do?”