Respect for Our Flag

September 29, 2017 0 Comments

Well, our professional football players are in the news again. Not because of their great athletic achievements, their obscenely over-bloated salaries, or because of their criminal conduct off the field, but because they refuse to stand and salute the American flag during the national anthem. Their lack of respect for our country, especially for those who have died defending our country, is appalling and shocking. If they won't respect our flag, we will no longer respect them.
Whatever their grievances are (these so-called social injustices), the football field is not the place to express them, and the playing of our national anthem is not the proper time to protest. There are better ways to protest than disrespecting our nation's symbols.
The Apostle Paul admonishes Christians, in relation to government, to "give tribute to whom tribute is due, customs to whom customs, honor to whom honor is due" (Rom. 13:7). We may not like a lot of things going on in our country, but we should never resort to blatant disrespect for our flag. We are to live our lives in such a way that we are "above reproach". It is no virtue to be deliberately offensive.
For eight long years many of us who are conservative Christians put up with the liberal policies of the Obama administration, but we would NEVER had even thought about something as despicable as refusing to salute the American flag.
And therein is the whole problem. For the radical left and liberal activist groups, toleration is a one way street. They want us to tolerate their views (gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, abortion on demand, etc) but they have no toleration for us and our Christian convictions. They insist on defining what is politically correct, and forcing the rest of America to accept their terms.
Don't you find it ironic that when a born again Christian like Tim Tebow bowed to pray on the football field, he was ridiculed and ostracized. But when a "black-lives-matter" advocate takes a knee during the national anthem, he is portrayed as a hero. Does anyone see this inconsistency here?
Well, this time they have stepped across the line. This time their arrogance has gone too far. And they will find out that most of America will no longer tolerate this nonsense. Americans will put up with a lot of things, but we will not put up with these awful unpatriotic gestures.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.