As Christians, We Should Support Kaepernick’s Decision to Not Stand During the National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has decided that he is no longer going to stand during the National Anthem. This has caused a huge, uproarious outcry leading to all kinds of personal attacks on the QB. But as Christians, we should stand, or dare I say sit, with Kaepernick’s decision not to participate in the National Anthem.

Why? We should support him in his decision because his decision is a matter of conscience, and this is truly vital for not only the freedoms we are losing in America, but for our Christian walks as well.

If we join the masses in condemning Kaepernick, we are actually putting a gun to our own heads, because we are joining in the crowd mentality of those who condemn anyone for standing on principle. I completely disagree with Kaepernick’s principles in his dissent. But I want him to have the freedom to dissent, so that when it comes time for Christians to exercise our consciences, we will still have that freedom. (By the way, we are seeing this being tested already in the cases involving Christian bakers and Photographers).

The other reason that I believe we should support Kaepernick, is that this country is not our focus. As Christians, we need to focus upon being the people of God, pursuing His interests and His purposes. He raised us up as the people of God to worship Him and live for Him, not for the purposes of establishing an earthly kingdom which tends to lead to idolatry when we do.

All this to say, as Christians, we can be good citizens without bowing the knee to our flag, or our National Anthem. There is nothing in Romans 13 that would require us to honor either one of those things. We can still pay our taxes and be law abiding citizens. But demanding that some QB, or even a fellow Christian, stand during the National Anthem or say the Pledge of Allegiance, is the same as the people of Rome demanding Christians to utter those idolatrous words: Caesar is LORD.

 

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9 thoughts on “As Christians, We Should Support Kaepernick’s Decision to Not Stand During the National Anthem

  1. Having spent a decade in the military, I have learned, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it with my life.” So from that perspective I’d need to affirm his right to say what he wants by not standing for the National Anthem.

    On the other hand, I believe that the United States of America is here by God’s authority (per Rom 13:1). Not standing or not saluting or not showing respect to national symbols, to me, says, “I have no respect for the country that God established.” And the other thing I learned in the military is that respect does not have to be earned. You may not respect the man (president, or whatever), but you can respect the office (country, “for which it stands”, etc.).

    Therefore, I make no demand that a football player or a Christian stand for the National Anthem or put their hand over their heart for the flag, but I will demand of myself that I continue to show respect for the nation that God established and the symbols for it and would hope that other Christians would do the same.

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    1. His reasoning is flawed. I think I’m reacting to the pile on effect by so many. We need to stand, loosely, with those who object on matters of conscience even when they may be wrong, as long as it is not sinful.

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  2. Greg

    Whether one participates in patriotic customs or not is of no concern or interest to me. And, if I am praying for the leadership of this land, and voting according to conscience, I cannot allow myself to lose any sleep over whomever ends up sitting in the Whitehouse. I think our government has proven itself to be corrupt in both parties, so to say one or the other is going to restore the land to its constitutional roots is a pipe dream, or more like a delusion. God sits at the helm, and whether we like those in power or not, He sets them up, and He brings them down at His will, not ours, not theirs. That is our security and victory!

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  3. Ralph

    Well said Timothy as truly God is the one in charge of everything in this life and we need to truly have this in our hearts. No matter what happens in this life, we know the ending as foretold by the Bible, and that is what really matters! God Bless you and your family!

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