TAKING A KNEE FOR GOD

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Two athletes have become famous for kneeling at sporting events. Both consider themselves Christians, yet one has been reviled and the other exalted.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt in a 2016 game against the L.A. Rams during the national anthem in protest of police violence against African Americans.

Tim Tebow, former Denver Broncos quarterback, is also known for dropping to his knee, his head bowed in prayer – a move know as Tebowing.

Kaepernick is currently unemployed. Tebow is the darling of the Christian community. Their treatment says much about Christianity in America.

Here’s My Take: The church can go one of two ways: it can choose to promote personal piety that focuses on issues such as abortion or homosexuality, or it can choose to change society by lifting up  concerns such as racial or economic injustice.

Kaepernick, who has a tattoo that reads “To God be the glory,” was voted the most disliked player in the NFL. His jersey was burned.

Guess which choice the church has made.

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