One man refused to kneel for Black Lives Matter at a ceremony at a major league baseball game. Just one man. While all of the players, coaches, managers, and staff of the San Francisco Giants knelt to express support for this anarchist movement, pitcher Sam Coonrod stood. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I’m a Christian and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that. I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I’d be a hypocrite” (“Giants’ Sam Coonrod cites his faith,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 24, 2020). We aren’t professional sports fans, but we applaud this man’s courage of conviction, which has become too rare. The land of the free and home of the brave is becoming the land of the oppressed and the home of the cowardly. We would guess that most of the sports players who are kneeling for Black Lives Matter don’t have a clue about the organization’s radical objectives and do not actually support the transformation of America into a Marxist state. They couldn’t give evidence for “systemic racism” in America today if their lives depended on it. They are simply following the crowd, too lazy to look into the matter properly and too cowardly to stand for their real beliefs. That’s just our opinion.
(Friday Church News Notes, August 7, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)