Colin may kneel, but this black man kisses the flag.
There has been a lot of controversy in recent weeks about the American flag. Before the NFL regular season started, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced that he would no longer stand and face the flag for the national anthem, choosing to “sit” for “justice.” Later, he agreed to “compromise” and take a knee. Some NFL players joined Kaepernick’s protest, while most others did not.
Regardless of how many players took each side, the American public seems to have viewed this whole episode, and the NFL’s tolerance of it, with disdain. Yes, the NFL has tried to explain away its ratings drop by blaming it on heightened interest in the upcoming election, but we all know this explanation doesn’t hold water. If it did, why haven’t the ratings plummeted during previous presidential elections? 2008 was pretty a historical election too, wasn’t it?
Now Colin Kaepernick may believe the flag is just a piece of cloth, but I utterly reject that view. In fact, not only do I hold the flag in the highest regard, I kiss the flag.
I actually took this picture at a Ted Cruz event, and let me explain why I’m kissing the flag. As a black man, obviously I have not forgotten about this nation’s past sin of slavery. And as an abolitionist, I have not forgotten about the current Holocaust of more than 3,000 babies a day through abortion. But the flag does not represent these ills.
The flag represents the only nation that was founded on the principles that our citizens’ rights come from the God of Heaven. That every man is created equal with certain inalienable rights; and the most important rights being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now, of course it took time for this nation to live up to its founding principles with respect to ending slavery, and today we’re still trying to live up to these principles regarding the sin of abortion. But the flag represents the idea of America. Some also refer to it as “The Great American experiment”.
This is the same idea of America that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave in his I Have a Dream speech. This is the American idea that the government exists for the people and by the people, and that the God of Heaven is its God.
Despite all the wrongs in America’s past, and all the wrongs America currently has, I am still proud, happy and blessed that my wife, sons, and I live in this nation, and we will strive until our last breath to call this nation into the principles of its founding and God’s will. Fight the wrongs in our government, and do it out of love for King (Jesus) and country.
Christopher Rush is an author, speaker, evangelist, and pro-life activist, and his current book, Another Tornado is Coming, was just released in September. Chris is founder of 3 ministries and has a passion for working with inner-city youth and protecting the life of the unborn. This past summer, Chris was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland for Ted Cruz, representing Minnesota’s 6th District. His current ministry, Allhandsondeck, is a Minnesota-based abortion Abolitionist organization.
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