Render Unto Caesar: Would Jesus Salute the Flag? Would He Stand for the National Anthem?

Still relevant.

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With my questions, of course I am referencing Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem prior to San Francisco 49ers’ football games. As the quarterback has explained to NFL Media,

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. . . . To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

As an ordained Baptist minister, I applaud Kaepernick’s decision not to look the other way when minority Americans are suffering from police killings which are going unpunished and from other types of systemic abuse. His decision has also raised these Jesus questions in my mind. The answer, at least in part, to the…

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