flagI won’t deny San Francisco 49ers (apparently biracial) quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to refuse to stand during the National Anthem as a way to protest the treatment of minorities–a right secured by the blood and sacrifices of countless men and women down through American history.

I do, however, question his judgment.

As many have pointed out, Kaepernick has enjoyed the freedom (and privilege) to earn millions of dollars in the freest nation in world history based on nothing more than his rather modest athletic skills. The least he could do is show some respect and gratitude.

One need not believe that America is perfect to stand during the Anthem. It never has been. But you do have to believe that our nation, under God, has bestowed some amazing gifts and opportunities on us all, and it is worth defending. Apparently this entitled sports hero doesn’t. Too bad for him.

Colin Kaepernick would do better to get off his duff, stand during the Anthem, and pitch in once in a while to help right some of the wrongs he sees in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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