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
Writer, consultant, former head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Writer, pastor of Hillsong New York
Writer, associate pastor at Lakewood Church
Pastor, artist, co-founder of Bethel Music
Writer, pastor of The City Church
Writer, Pastor of Mosaic Church.
Christian Leaders Who Are Against the Protests
Pastor Mark Burns
Harvest Praise & Worship Center in South Carolina
Rev. James Robison
Founder of LIFE Outreach International
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."
Texas pastor of Prestonwood Baptist and evangelist.
President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Are you surprised by the stance that your favorite Christian leader took? Let us know in the comments.
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