Tag Archives: Sports

What Should We Think About Colin Kaepernick Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem?

Colin_kaepernickIf you pay much attention to sports or news in general, it’d would’ve been hard to miss the story that’s surrounded San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the last several days. At a preseason game last Friday night, Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. Here’s how he later explained his decision:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”*

Those are provocative comments, to be sure. And not surprisingly, they elicited strong responses, both for and against. Media personalities weighed in, as did former teammates, various other NFL players and coaches, athletes from other sports, military personnel and their parents, police officers, and so on. Maybe you did, too.

So what should we think about Colin Kaepernick?

The Super Bowl: One Big Illustration

SB50I’ve been a football fan ever since I can remember. And I’ll likely be one until I die. So like most Americans, I consider the Super Bowl to be appointment viewing. But a couple of days after Super Bowl 50, I’m struck by how much the sport’s biggest showcase event isn’t just a game. It’s also a giant illustration of some of the more fundamental truths you and I need embrace as we go about our lives.

Think I’m “the-pastor-who’s-really-desperate-for-a-decent-illustration-so-he-can-have-a-topic-for-his-blog-post”?

Maybe. But think about the following:

Trying to Fill The “Forever Empty”

Thanks to Justin Dyer for today’s guest post:

Two thoughts – one from Tim Keller and one from Louis C.K. – came to mind as I watched the 2015 NCAA national wrestling tournament in St. Louis a few weeks ago. In a short study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, Tim Keller describes coveting as an “idolatrous longing” for something other than God. Of course, Keller doesn’t claim any novel theological insight here. Christians have long insisted that only God can satisfy our deepest desires. Looking to some created thing rather than the Creator as our ultimate source of satisfaction is worse than futile: it is idolatrous.

Following Augustine’s famous prayer that his heart was restless until it rested in the Divine, Christians often claim that we have a hole in our hearts that only God can fill. Put this way, the claim sounds trite, perhaps, but it reflects a deep reality that many atheists and agnostics appreciate and acknowledge even if they do not share the Christian’s hope that the hole can or will be filled. In an interview with Conan O’Brien, the skeptical comedian Louis C.K. insightfully described the experiential reality as a sort of deep melancholy:

Christianity and Sports: Does God Care Who Wins?

With football season in full swing and both the Cardinals and the Royals a few wins away from the World Series, it’s a great time to be a sports fan in central Missouri. This month’s Point of Focus talks through two perspectives on the relationship between sports and our faith.