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June 9, 2020

Can we take a knee? | Romney, BLM, Emmanuel Acho and uncomfortable conversations | Ronnie Floyd on SBC Exec Com response

Carmen’s opening commentary (and, fyi, today is her birthday 😉

“Let’s take a knee for just a moment.” I can still hear coach Fife say that. “Alright girls, let’s take a knee.” He was a football coach who also coached our girls high school softball team. He was a genuinely guy all alone in his maleness with 20 high school girls who were, suffice it say, not always purely focused on the ball or even the game. 

Pretty much every day and certainly before every game, no matter if we were playing at home or away, coach Fife would bellow out, “Alright girls, let’s take a knee.” 

We all complied. 

I never gave it a second thought. 

I was able to distinguish what we were doing from what kneeling in church. I was able to distinguish what we were doing from what I’d seen men do when the queen of England knighted them. And I am able to distinguish different forms of kneeling today as well. 

I will never be able to get the image of a police officer kneeling on a man’s neck to the point of death in the same way the image of seeing my brothers in Christ, dressed in orange jumpsuits, forced to kneel on a beach where murderous members of ISIS beheaded them. 

Hold that in your heart for a moment. 

 

We will never be able to change the act of others kneeling in solidarity when a moment so calls them. 

And we should never seek to limit the freedom of any individual who feels called to kneel in humility before a Holy God. 

 

People kneel in all kinds of places for all kinds of reasons with all kinds of motivations. In the same way you and I would not want to be told we could not kneel at the alter to receive the bread and the cup from the hand of our pastor, let us not allow the kneeling of others to produce venomous rage in our hearts. 

Daniel refused to kneel to Nebeuchadnezzar because Daniel only knelt in homage before the living God. 

Psalm 95:6 says, “Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our God, our Maker.” 

2 Chronicles 7:3 reads, “All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the payment with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, ‘Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

In Romans 14:11  we hear these words: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.”

Philippians 2 foretells the future day when “every kneel shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Today is not that day but as we kneel and others kneel – for various reasons – let us hold the day in our heart and mind when kneeling will mean one thing and we will all do it together with a single motivation. 

Carmen’s conversations today are with

Nick Pitts on:

Dr. Ronnie Floyd on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s statement on justice, racism and the death of George Floyd.

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