The National Football League is in an uproar because President Trump proclaimed players who will not stand for the national anthem need to be fired! The media is having a field day with the President’s remarks and continues to diminish the real problem and seeking real answers.
Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” Matthew 18:15. Great counsel, rarely done! We would much rather be indirect and inflammatory than to honestly sit down and look one another in the eye speaking the truth. While NFL football player Colin Kaepernick, who began this process by taking a knee during the anthem in protest, may have a very legitimate concern, the taking of the knee indefinitely does not seek an answer.
If Colin Kaepernick had taken a knee calling for open honest dialogue regarding his complaints against minorities, the vast majority of others would have been open to such talks. That has not been the desired outcome. With more and more players taking a knee without any solution it appears that they want to complain but not seek solutions!
SO WHAT DO WE DO?
First and foremost, there must be a willingness of those complaining and those in positions of authority to look each other in the eye without yelling, accusing and name calling in order to hear the real complaints. One of Colin Kaepernick’s complaints is young black men are shot by police at a higher rate than non-blacks. This serious complaint must be levied with hard data! An independent research board, made up of all ethnicities, must bring together the real statistics and causes and make them public.
Second, each position must be willing to honestly listen! Protesting, looting and burning property may get attention, but it offers no solution to the issues. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Black Lives Matter must be the leaders calling for honest listening and condemning violence. Hurting and killing one another solves nothing and further divides us. Listening honestly to one another and backing it up with facts is vital for the truth to emerge.
Third, we need to look at all the factors that are creating this problem. I rarely hear anyone in the Black, Hispanic or White communities talk about the breakdown of the family, the absence of fathers and the failures of enforcing objective morality. It does not matter how much we protest or complain, if the American family is severely fractured, the rest of our culture will be a mess.
Fourth, I trust nothing coming from the leadership of the NFL on this issue. The only real driving force in the NFL is packed stadiums and television revenues. The NFL has a vested interest in making money, and therefore will provide no objectively when it comes to solving these serious issues.
Today, we need to call upon the leaders of the minority communities and those in the majority to stop protesting and start listening and talking. It would be wise to call for a national meeting of these leaders on November 1, 2017 in Washington D.C. or some site that would be considered neutral, so that we seek the truth rather than rhetoric. It is time that we all faced the truth no matter where the chips fall and pledge to change for the betterment of America.