Standing and Kneeling

Standing and Kneeling

Well, we got along for a little while. People rescuing people. Everyone coming to the aid of the flood victims. State helping state. There was a kind of unity that is heavenly! But it didn’t last long. Oh how we are like the Israelites wandering through the wilderness, forgetting what God has done for us! Our country is moving on to the next divisive thing. Unfortunately, this debate over the national anthem—stand or kneel—has gotten out of hand. In my opinion, there is only one to whom my knee will bow, my Almighty Savior. Kneeling is an act of reverence, submission and obeisance (Romans 14.11).Turning it into protest somehow doesn’t seem right to me. Don’t get me wrong, we live in a great country where we are free to speak our minds, but I am confused about the way this protest is being manifested. Being an American, I stand for the national anthem because I appreciate those who have fought for my freedom and this is one way to honor them. There are so many that have given life or limb so that we can have our freedoms. I’m struggling to see how disrespecting those people has anything to do with anything. As we stand before the flag and the anthem is sung, Americans are just that—Americans. The people who fought, and fight, for our freedoms do it for every American, no matter color, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and gender. I’m not saying “don’t protest”. I’m asking, “please don’t do it in this way”. Let’s honor the reason that we have the freedom to protest and do it somewhere else. Let’s be the UNITED States of America and stand for the flag.  As for me, I will always stand for the flag and kneel only at the cross.

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna