When Colin Kaepernick, then football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled during the singing of the national anthem at a game, he stated that he did it to protest police brutality and racial inequality. While some criticized his action, others praised him and many players subsequently followed his example of kneeling during games.
Since that time, the phrase “taking a knee” has become a symbol of protest against racial injustice and support for those who are being victimized in some way. This past week, we saw many people, including policemen, “take a knee” in solidarity with the thousands of protesters in the George Floyd marches.
In my last post, I stated that George Floyd’s death was not in vain. Peaceful protests can alert the authorities and those in a position to make changes that the time has come for action. “Taking a knee” can do the same. Getting on one’s knee can be an act of worship, reverence, humility, or an act of supplication. Throughout the Bible, there are many instances of people kneeling before God either in an act of worship or to implore Him to move on their behalf. Even Jesus often kneeled and prayed to His Father.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. Psalm 95: 6
In this time of uncertainty and turmoil, I think it’s time for us to “take a knee.” You can do this literally, but if you are unable to get down on your knees, just stand or sit where you are and bow before your Maker. Implore His attention. Let Him know you want Him to move on your behalf and on behalf of those who are suffering and oppressed. Will you take a knee today?
Father God, we thank you that your ears are always open to our cry. Reach down and touch our lives today as only You can. Amen