Is Your Favorite Christian Leader Supporting the NFL Protests?

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September 26, 2017Sep 26, 2017

Ever since Colin Kaepernick began protesting the American National Anthem last year, players have been following his example. Last weekend, the issue came to a head when President Trump addressed the issue during a speech.

President Trump said the players should not be dishonoring the American flag—and therefore the American nation. He also suggested that those players be fired if they aren't willing to honor their country.

His comments caused a firestorm, and the majority of the NFL league reacted in some way during the National Anthem at Sundays games. 

People are also reacting on Twitter. Evangelical leaders are coming out to voice their opinions. Some of them side with President Trump, while others support the players right to protest in order to bring attention to racism in America.

Here’s an overview of what Christian leaders have said on both sides. 

Leaders Who Are for the Protests 

Joshua Dubois

Writer, consultant, former head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

https://twitter.com/joshuadubois/status/911954760193986560

https://twitter.com/joshuadubois/status/911981493601349634

https://twitter.com/joshuadubois/status/911982169186332672

Carl Lentz

Writer, pastor of Hillsong New York

https://twitter.com/carllentzNYC/status/911779324218318848

https://twitter.com/carllentzNYC/status/911786568465104896

https://twitter.com/carllentzNYC/status/911788132567203840

John Gray

Writer, associate pastor at Lakewood Church

https://twitter.com/RealJohnGray/status/911625480012525575

https://twitter.com/RealJohnGray/status/911626638051479552

https://twitter.com/RealJohnGray/status/911627575272857601

https://twitter.com/RealJohnGray/status/911627918970949632

https://twitter.com/RealJohnGray/status/911628376359743488

Brian Johnson

Pastor, artist, co-founder of Bethel Music

https://twitter.com/brianjohnsonM/status/912190871411363840

Judah Smith 

Writer, pastor of The City Church

https://twitter.com/judahsmith/status/911789915398012928

Erwin McManus 

Writer, Pastor of Mosaic Church.

https://twitter.com/erwinmcmanus/status/912133212440223744

https://twitter.com/erwinmcmanus/status/912137685296283648


Christian Leaders Who Are Against the Protests 

Pastor Mark Burns

Harvest Praise & Worship Center in South Carolina

https://twitter.com/pastormarkburns/status/911765084673679360

https://twitter.com/pastormarkburns/status/912129429727535104

https://twitter.com/pastormarkburns/status/912428526506258437

Rev. James Robison

Founder of LIFE Outreach International

https://twitter.com/revjamesrobison/status/912319513860984832

Dr. Robert Jeffress

Pastor of First Baptist Dallas 

When asked about the protests, Jeffress clearly positioned himself against. "These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking the knee like they would be in North Korea," the pastor said to Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. "And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this."

"These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking the knee like they would be in North Korea," the pastor said to Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. "And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this."

https://twitter.com/FoxBusiness/status/912476298869587970

Jack Graham

Texas pastor of Prestonwood Baptist and evangelist. 

https://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/912072920297607168

Franklin Graham

President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 

https://twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/911949616572137478

https://twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/911950875383488512

https://twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/911952128578428928

Are you surprised by the stance that your favorite Christian leader took? Let us know in the comments. 

In other news, a famous singer had a Bible verse written on her hand while she sang the National Anthem for the NFL. What do you think of her statement? 

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