“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”
Hebrews 11:24-26 NIV
Colin Kaepernick is featured on the cover of GQ magazine as Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick garnered national attention by taking a knee during the national anthem as a means of protesting racial inequality and police brutality. He became a free agent in March and has remained unsigned this season, which prompted him to recently file a collusion grievance against NFL owners.
“Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank,” rapper J. Cole said in an article. “And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream.”
I don’t know too many people who would sacrifice a multi-million dollar career for their people. Think about that. He gave up his lifelong dream that he worked tirelessly for all his life because he’d rather suffer for the plight of African-Americans who were being murdered by police officers.
How many of us could take a knee for Jesus? There are countless pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr taking a knee for prayer during his protests for civil rights. He ultimately gave up his life and died poor fighting for his people.
Moses gave up his career out of faith and empathy for his people suffering under police brutality and slavery. Moses saw one of the Egyptian officers brutalizing one of the Hebrews and he attacked him. Moses chose to suffer with his people instead of being the Prince of Egypt.
- By faith, when he had grown up refused to be known as Pharaoh’s son. Faith should cause us to mature beyond assimilation and appropriation. Moses knew who he was and whose he was. It’s amazing how we allow success to take us away from the plight of our people. How does our faith make us mindful of who we are culturally? Our spirituality should not make us relinquish our cultural identity.
- He chose to suffer with the people of God rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. There’s something more important than money and materialism. It’s our moral agenda that’s tied to our purpose. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?
- He regarded disgrace for Christ of greater value than the treasures of Egypt because he was looking forward to his reward. How many of us can live with bad press clips as we press for better for our people? Some of us need praise too bad and acceptance from the dominant culture that we swallow our discontent in exchange for inadequate compensation. What good is money when your people are being massacred or being shipped off to prison wholesale while you hide in suburbs, work in corporate plantations, and play church in Christian social clubs?
Jesus took a knee for us before he went to Calvary. He prayed and asked God to take the cup of suffering from him. He didn’t want to die but he was willing to die so we could be saved. Greater love has no man than this that he would lay down his life for a friend. Very few of us would die for our friends but Jesus demonstrated the greatest love of all I that he died for us while we were yet sinners.
Thank you for giving up your royalty to become a peasant for me. You become poor that we could become rich. You paid the price of my son by giving up your life on the cross. Give us the same kind of faith and courage to take a knee when necessary. Dr. King was right, if a man is not willing to die for something then he’s not fit to live. Help us Father to rid our world of injustice and oppression by taking a stand and if necessary taking a knee.
In Jesus’ Name,