Sparks of Controversy

Ever since I was a little guy I have loved to watch football. I don’t know what it is exactly; maybe all the moving parts or the thrill of a great comeback, but it has always made me smile. A great play will get me thinking of past great games and even specific plays as well. This weekend, football was different. If you were near a TV set on Sunday or Monday, you had to have noticed something peculiar with football and our national anthem. Instead of standing with respect for our flag and country, many teams took a knee during the playing of our country’s anthem in a show of solidarity. Some teams did not even come out of the locker room. Some people were outraged because of this. Others were proud of the respectful call for attention to the true state of our country. Whatever your position on standing or kneeling for the anthem, know this: What you truly believe should not be affected by what you see on TV. Let me explain.


I saw Jordan Sparks with a Bible verse printed on her hand. The verse was from the book of Proverbs; also known to me, as the Book of Wisdom. Hmmmmm. I think there must be something to that name. Proverbs 31:8-9 says:

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.


Jesus summed up like this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself”. If we all would practice this, there would be peace on earth. There is one major problem with this thought, of course, and that is that not everyone believes this. If you are a Christian, you should live by this. This should be your guide in every situation.


It is hard for me to believe that the President calls himself a Christian and yet would use such profanity towards people. Hurling curses at people is not a show of love. For me it comes down to one thing for the “Donald”, does he actually believe the Bible like he says he does? If he did, he would not be saying these things against these athletes and using such salty language. Instead, he would love them enough to see that the injustice the players are calling to light is real. My dad once told me “just because you sleep in the garage doesn’t mean you are a car.” Mr. President, I am sorry but you do not trump what Jesus commanded us to do. I, like most citizens, see a serious flaw in this country, and one that needs to be fixed immediately. Barriers need to be knocked down. Everyone should be treated with respect and love despite race, creed, gender, or anything other than their basic humanity. It will take hard work, but we can accomplish it. This won’t happen at a rally with a funny one liner or a new tweet. It starts in our homes and at our workplaces, by living with deep reflection on how others need to be treated. I am up for the challenge, as are so many others. Are you?