Some NFL teams are forcing players to stand for the national anthem. I expect the owners are more concerned about the bottom line than respecting
the flag. Whether players stand or not doesn’t matter to me. From my perspective, this NFL season is lost maybe the next one also. I can get along without the NFL, but they cannot get along without me – the fan. It’s the same feeling I have for Hollywood actors whose films I don’t watch. Now that Captain America (Chris Evans) has become Captain Resistance, I will likely pass on the next Avengers episode too. Thanks for ruining that one for me Cap. Sadly, the problem I have is that I can’t forget what these people say and do. Those memories take away the entertainment value of the sports event, the movie and even the music. Once one of these “celebrities” shows their true colors I am unable to put them aside. It taints all they do. I am also growing tired of the politicization of practically every aspect of American Culture.
Forcing someone to stand is not honoring our nation nor does it change what’s in a person’s heart. The anthem protesting players have already shown their true colors. Forcing them to stand does not change that. When in London players kneeled for our national anthem and then stood for the United Kingdom’s God Save the Queen, I was finished with them. Ray Lewis of double murder trial fame said they were not protesting the anthem or flag but instead were praying. Maybe it’s so, but praying works anytime Ray. Reverence to God certainly outweighs reference to any symbol – even the symbol of the nation making the declaration of “In God We Trust.” Scripture instructs us regarding prayer. Maybe you should take a look at The playbook.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5: 6-18
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-6
No matter which posture you assume or gesture you make it doesn’t change what’s in your heart. It does not change your true colors. Having traveled far down that road, you have a difficult task ahead. You have lost the trust of many fans that allow you to have more wealth than the other 99 percent of the world population. It is a level of wealth beyond the imagination of most – and for playing a sport. When I was a young Soldier, I looked forward to the rare opportunity when we could watch a live NFL game broadcast over American Forces Radio and Television Service. Can you imagine a Soldier in Afghanistan enjoying a little down time to watch a game and before him are millionaire athletes taking a knee before the flag that has draped the coffins of his comrades?
Trust, like the soul, never returns once it is gone. – Publilius Syrus – 1st Century Philosopher
None of us got to choose our family, our race, the tone of our skin or our country of birth. But, because of the freedoms celebrated by our flag and anthem we all are able to choose our own way. Regardless of your lot in life, being born in the United States of America is a blessing. Before you take a knee count your blessings.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry