Take note, Black Lives Matter protesters: It’s possible to stand up for what you believe is right while also respecting America.
During Monday night’s NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, “American Idol” winner and well-known singer Jordin Sparks gave a moving performance of the national anthem… but the vocalist shared a not-so-secret message at the same time.
Cameras captured a Bible verse written prominently on Sparks’ hand as she faced the flag and sang.
According to TheBlaze, a closer look at her hand revealed that the verse was Proverbs 31:8-9, which reads:
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
(New International Version)
It’s likely that by choosing that verse, the famous singer was sending a subtle message that is similar to that of more disrespectful NFL protesters.
Without presuming to speak for Sparks, the verse suggests that she believes some groups are not being defended — but notice that the words speak of all of the poor and needy, regardless of race or creed.
Unlike many other entertainers, Sparks has previously refused to badmouth President Trump or America.
“I was raised to show respect to everyone, President or not,” the talented singer posted on Twitter after the 2016 election.
“I’ve prayed for each administration and will continue to pray for the former Presidents and my prayer remains the same for the 45th,” she wrote about Trump.
Players refusing to even stand or be on the field while patriotic Americans pay their respects to the flag and the nation sends a very different message, however. Those actions push resentment, disunity and disrespect.
There is a dramatic difference between asking people to read a Bible verse and a team completely sitting out the national anthem. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Sparks’ message, the fact is that she communicated it in a way that was respectful of the American flag and the men and women who have died defending it.
She could teach others a few things about respecting the nation and loving America even while acknowledging the challenges it faces.
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