The following letter, minus the additions for the blog, was sent to the San Diego Union-Tribune, May 25, 2018. It wasn’t accepted for publication. I use it as an introduction to the blog.
The NFL owners at least had the fortitude to forbid players kneeling when the national Anthem is played. Columnist Mark Zeigler badly misjudged the facts when he said it would be better not to play the Anthem at all.
You might know: the one unifying musical composition America has, and a few malcontents, and they millionaires by living in America, disgrace it by kneeling when it’s played. And Zeigler wants the few to ruin the Anthem for the vast majority of sports fans. The NFL owners are at least willing to defend playing the Star Spangled Banner. Mark wants to pacify the few disgruntled athletes who want only to call attention to themselves, no matter how many others are offended by their posture.
Jesus in the Revelation strongly criticized any church that compromised his teaching. See 2:14-16, 2:20-24, 3:1-3, 4:15-18. That establishes a strong warning to churches today! Yielding on any point of truth sees sin increasing while righteous recedes. For example, while many Christians resented having private prayer in school dismissed, it nevertheless went away. Having achieved that, atheists and liberals now want no public prayer in which Jesus is intercessor.
Compromising truth to keep peace with evil increases evil and diminishes virtue. It doesn't decrease truth: that cannot be altered or reduced. But it decreases the impact of God's truth on God's people, and the impact we should have on our lost generation. That's a loss we should never countenance. -End Part I-