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.