What does Jesus have to say to Kaepernick?
What does Jesus have to say about Kaepernick? What does he have to say about challenging the sacred cows and symbols of his day? Let’s examine something in light of #Kaepernick.
Think about this. Why did Jesus consistently heal on the Sabbath? He could have healed on a Tuesday. He could have given sight on Thursday mornings. Why on the Sabbath? Here’s what might be at work…
The Sabbath was one of the sacred cows of Jewish religious life. Yet, those who practiced sabbath often overlooked those in need (Luke 13). Jesus consistently heals (which according to religious leaders constituted work) on the Sabbath. Why did he do it?
Maybe because in this act he was protesting the inconsistency in their ideals (Torah) and their practice. He was exposing the dissonance of their spirituality. He offends the sensibilities of those who have held to the law of Sabbath, but not to the renewal it was to create.
Jesus could have healed on Tuesday, but it would not have as effectively called attention to the ways the religious community had gone astray.
Maybe we should try to see the protest of the Flag in this instance in a similar vein. There’s something under the flag that needs to be perpetually addressed.
Jesus didn’t get rid of the Sabbath, he wanted to see it reflect its original intention.
Kaepernick didn’t burn the Flag. As I see it he just wants to see it reflect its original intention.