By Jon Kauffman
Recently I went to a baseball game. When it came time to sing the National Anthem, everyone arose with great reverence and adoration. Suddenly I had to leave.
In Daniel 3 we read the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego:
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold and required everyone to worship. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down and worship. As a result they were called before King Nebuchadnezzar. Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the fire. The fire was so hot the soldiers throwing them in the fire were killed by the heat. God rescued the three men from the fire.
Back in 2016, Colin Kaepernick, taking a stand for civil rights did not stand during the playing of the national anthem. This raised a firestorm of protest against him. Is the flag so sacred that one cannot raise awareness of injustice at its expense? Even if we disagree with his position, Kaepernick’s intentions were certainly just.
Have Americans replaced the Babylonian worship of the gold statue with the worship of the flag, the military and extreme patriotism?
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