NBA’s First Player to Stand for National Anthem Says ‘The Gospel Supports Black Lives’—Not Kneeling

“Racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world,” he said. “We want to to get passed not only racism but everything that plagues us as a society. I feel like the answer to it is the gospel.”

The reporter followed up with asking, “Can you explain further what religion has to do with kneeling for the anthem to protest against racism and police brutality…the correlation between the two?”

Black lives are supported through the gospel.

Isaac graciously answered, “Honestly I don’t really see it as religion for myself. I see it as a relationship with God, through His Son who died for our sins. Kneeling and putting on a t-shirt, for me personally isn’t the answer. For me, black lives are supported through the gospel. All lives are supported through the gospel.” He ended his answer with, “We all fall short of God’s glory and at the end of the day, whoever will humble themselves and seek God and repent of their sins that we could see it in a different light…see our mistakes and people’s mistakes in a different light…that it would help bring us closer together, and get passed skin color and anything else on the surface that doesn’t really deal with the hearts of men and women.”

He explained he met with his teammates prior to the game and discussed why he wasn’t wearing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt nor kneeling, and they said he had their respect. That it wasn’t a position of becoming popular (because he knew that he would stand out by not kneeling) but to be a humble servant of Jesus.

Jesse T. Jackson
Jesse T. Jackson
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