Have you ever heard of “Clickbait.” It’s so annoying.
Clickbait is when an article on the Internet posts simply to get clicks. The worst are the straight up lies that say a celebrity has died. They create these simply to get people to click on the site. How rude.
There is another type of clickbait, and I try to stay away from it.
When something happens that more than two people have an opinion about every major site will post about it to drive up “clicks” on their site. So, you end up having a bunch of information about the same topics. I write about what I am thinking about, so there are times where I write about pop culture events, but I want to make sure I have something to say. I especially look for ways to point to God and not every major hissy fit in America has a spiritual angle.
With that being said I’ve waited a couple of weeks to post about Colin Kaepernick and his decision to sit down during the National Anthem at his teams pre-season football games.
Have you heard about this?
This topic has been covered to death. What caught my attention was the loud voices speaking out against Colin.
We live in America. If you have an opinion you can share it.
What I think is unfortunate is the loudest voices against Colin aren’t known for doing anything accept for critiquing others for a living.
You don’t have to agree with Colin’s way of protesting. He might have picked the worst way to protest. But how much he makes, what else he does, the color of his parents, and your opinion about him should weigh very little on what he is doing.
It’s his life.
And here is the hard truth, if you make a stand for anything criticism will come and it will be loud.
It’s incredibly important to know why you are going to take a stand, or sit in Kaepernick’s case, because the criticism will be fierce.
Even if you or I can imagine a better way to protest the real question is what are we standing up for?
As the age old saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known more for my opinions than my actions. What you do matters. You have a choice if you are going to make a difference in this world. What you choose to impact won’t be popular with everyone else. But it’s your life.
One interesting thing about the Kaepernick sit down is his jersey sales have skyrocketed since he made this decision. He is getting boo’ed at stadiums and has received a lot of negative press, but there are a lot of people who have resonated with his stance.
Opinions are like butts, everyone has one and most of them stink.
I personally am inspired by Kaepernick’s stance. I wouldn’t choose to do what he is doing, but it takes a lot of guts to make a public stance in the way he is.
I’m thinking about what I would protest. I’m thinking about what I’d stand up for. I’m wondering what you would stand up for?
Jesus said, to His disciples, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
I don’t think we should look to pick a fight. Its my understanding of the Scriptures we should work hard to have peaceful relationships with everyone. The fact of the matter is if you take a stand someone will hate you. And if no one every pushes back against you it might be because you aren’t standing for anything.
I don’t feel I need to adopt anyone else’s stance. I don’t feel I need to be passionate about what everyone else is passionate about. I do feel I need to stand for some things. You do to. The questions is what would you stand up for?
How do you feel about Kaepernick’s stance? What would you be willing to stand up for?