The flaming hot topic of the week! Despicable, disrespectful, disgusting, degrading. Perhaps to some whom haven’t been inside a church in decades, but to those of us who have, kneeling is the antithesis of defiance. In Luke 22:39-41, Jesus prayed on the Mount of Olives: Then, he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed….
Theologian Fr. Seraphim noted kneeling has been one of the “Most potent weapons against pride” for over two thousand years. He concluded: “To this day, find a humble person, and you will find a person who kneels, regularly and consistently.”
Now folks will continue to disparage every person who fails to stand when the National Anthem is played. But if the non-standing were dishonoring the American flag and the US military, wouldn’t they have chosen an ostentatious demonstration of disrespect rather than kneeling?
Believe I’m no fan of professional sports. I object to the outrageously high ticket prices, merchandise, and salaries. I resent that TV weekend programming revolves around games. Yet, hundreds of thousands of Americans avidly support their teams. So, I, too, am a protester, Mr. President, but it has nothing to do with Oh, say can you see. And with all due respect, sir, perhaps you should try kneeling.