San Francisco 49ers linebacker Eric Reid not only believes that kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice is the right thing for some players to do— but it’s also the Christian thing to do.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the 25-year-old player (who is a former teammate of Colin Kaepernick), explained that it is his Christian faith and the Bible that compel him to take part in the demonstrations: “It’s the foundation of why we started doing this. We all have a love for people. The Bible tells us love your brother as yourself so that’s why we’re doing it.”
We have to speak up for those who can’t do it for themselves. My faith is ultimately what led me to start protesting and it’s what continues to drive me. Faith without works is dead. I feel like the past year before we started protesting, the Lord has prepped me for this moment.
He also explained how frustrating it is to see some Christians attack the players choosing to demonstrate:
I do see some hypocrisy with the people that call themselves Christians. If you know Jesus, He went into the house of God and turned over the tables and was angry and said they made the house of God into a marketplace so I would say this is something that He would do.