I wasn’t going to weigh in on this… and I still might not.
Okay, I will…
Do you honor countries around the world with which you have a profound disagreement?
No, you don’t. And you don’t have to. You have the freedom not to.
And one of the most awesome things about living in the United States is that we have that freedom. We have the freedom to disagree with other countries.
And we also have the freedom to disagree with our own country.
We have the freedom to speak out. We have the freedom to express anger, frustration, and disappointment.
We have the freedom to protest.
Being poor does not take away that freedom. Making millions of dollars does not take away that freedom.
Being an NFL player does not take away that freedom.
Colin Kaepernick is angry. He is frustrated. He is disappointed. And he is using his platform to express his heart.
He’s engaging in protest. Peaceful protest.
He’s standing – or sitting – for what he believes is right.
And that’s okay.
You don’t have to agree with him. I don’t have to agree with him.
Because that’s the beauty of this country. We are allowed to disagree with each other.
We are free to disagree.
But with freedom comes responsibility.
And with the freedom to disagree comes the responsibility to respect the dignity of human life.
Not because you agree with someone. Not because they are right.
But because they are a living, breathing person.
And when respect for a song, or a flag, or any other inanimate object becomes more important than respecting the dignity of another human, we have a problem.
A big one.
Name calling? Not necessary.
Threats? Not necessary.
Violence? Not necessary.
So go ahead and disagree. Disagree all you want.
But remember that you are disagreeing with people. Living, breathing people. People with hearts, and minds and passions.
People with stories you haven’t heard, struggles you are unaware of.
Not objects. People.
See you soon.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1