Today I was reading about persecution in the 17th century, making notes for an upcoming book. In the middle of it all I had an epiphany: William Penn and Colin Kaepernick have a lot in common. Both were/are accused of being unpatriotic. Penn and his friends were “traitors,” endangering the country for refusing to take Oaths of Allegiance to England. Kaepernick and his friends are accused of “disrespecting the flag” by taking a knee during the national anthem. And for what? For actually having faith in their respective countries? Believing their governments could do better and had, in fact, promised better?
For the above reasons, these two men necessarily define patriotism and love of country.
Furthermore, neither took up weapons or provoked unrest. But their accusers did, called for censure and much more — classifying them as “other-than” and setting them up for an onslaught of suspicion and hate — the very injustices they were protesting against. People may argue specifics or avenues regarding these two men, but no one can argue their love of country. Their actions, and history itself, are the proof.
So yeah, this is definitely going into my chapter with all the history to prove it’s men and women, just like Penn and Kaepernick, who can remind us of our better selves and words.
Wasn’t that the point?
But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one - Matt 5:37.,