Friday Stream of Consciousness – 155

Colin Kaepernick, Faux Prophets & Dogs

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday:

  • Every now and then I like to remind readers the views expressed in this stream are both mine alone, and written in a free-flow format. This is not a carefully redacted piece of journalism–it’s literally a stream of consciousness, hence the name.
  • I’ve got some strong opinions this week, and I’m not going to go back and edit them thoroughly for tact, etc. I’d ask you to supply some grace as you read, please.
  • I got to attend the Outcry Tour with my wife and daughters. What a blessing to worship alongside them in that setting with thousands of fellow Christians.
  • I think as a tween or teen its important to feel like you’re not alone as a Christian–especially in Southern California.
  • I’m glad to see Joey Bosa show up to camp and earn some of the money he claims he deserves. Not a fan. Who knows–maybe I’ll become one. But, that’s going to take a while.
  • Out of all the traits I’ve seen in successful pastors over the years–emotional IQ might be the most consistent.
  • If a person can’t get how what they say/do impacts others or “read the room,” or sense how others are thinking/feeling…it really hinders their ability to pastor at a high level.
  • Speaking of poor emotional IQ:
  • Colin Kaepernick is wrong. But, moreso, he’s unwise. Does he think his methods and statements will make people want to change their minds or care more about what he cares about? Most people aren’t interested in the perspectives of people they think have no respect for them. Whether that’s what he wanted to communicate or not–that’s what he’s communicated.
  • His initial statement made me wonder if he knows what the flag stands for. I’m glad he’s spending concerted effort “clarifying” his positions after not doing so for a substantial length of time.
  • I think he ought to have the right to sit. I just think he has little concept of what it means–or he would stand.
  • You can’t say, “I have great respect for the military…I wasn’t talking about them,” and disrespect the flag or national anthem. It’s a little (notice I didn’t say exactly) like desecrating a cross and saying, “I’m not even talking about Christians.”
  • Given what I know about his biography,  I actually think he is a confused young man who sees the sun setting on his football career and is beginning a process of trying to figure out who he is. Or, maybe he is just trying to make himself “uncuttable” to the 49ers. However…
  • We rarely earn respect by disrespecting others or caricaturing their beliefs. We reap what we sow–whether it’s respect or disrespect. Colin Kaepernick is showing disrespect as a way of trying to garner respect for his perspective. That just doesn’t work.
  • Disrespecting the police (with words or “pig socks,”–ironically, Kaepernick is kept safe by the police on a daily basis), America, or the military (for whom the flag and national anthem mean a great deal) doesn’t garner respect for your cause. It makes enemies and projects naivete and petulance.
  • Notice people have to keep telling others they are missing Kaepernick’s point or…not to let Kaepernick’s behavior distract from the real issues. People have to say that–because he is.
  • Lastly, if you support Kaepernick’s free speech crusade here on principle–I hope you do so regardless of the issue at hand. I’ve heard the same people/media praising Kaepernick call for the firing or blackballing of people because of their positions on gay marriage, guns, Donald Trump, etc. Just admit it’s ideology and not speech you want protected. Don’t be a fraud.
  • And, using media rather than relationship to bridge a racial divide is like trying to use a nail file to brush your teeth: all it’s going to ultimately do is hurt the cause and remind you what you actually need is a toothbrush.
  • I still don’t understand the allure of dog ownership.
  • No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get into salad. I don’t like dressings. The best I can do is put salsa on top–or lemon juice. Tips? I’m told if I don’t eat salad I’m a Philistine neanderthal doomed to die at a young age.
  • The Padres have no credible chance of finishing with a winning record until at least 2019. To men, the over/under is 2020.
  • As some of you know, I’ve started doing a bit of sports writing as a creative outlet. Here’s a brief installment for the East Village Times.
  • I get weary of the way we debate these days. We get our facts from poisoned wells and use them to make ad hominem arguments complete with straw men and red herrings aplenty.
  • It’s easier for us to defend our views when we stay away from the best points others make or put words in their mouths. It’s easier to create a non-existent enemy than to deal with a formidable opponent.
  • Step 1: Make up a perspective that doesn’t represent a majority of your opponents–but you’d like to think it does. Step 2: Hyperbolize a fictitious response for your fictional opponent. Even better–make it seem as though it’s a widespread crisis. Step 3: Get on social media and look for support for your caricature.
  • One example of this was the infamous “Starbucks cup outrage” Christians supposedly had last Christmas. People made sanctimonious, false statements like, “I wish my Christian friends were as outraged about world poverty as they are about what Starbucks puts on a cup.”
  • I know thousands of Christians in every corner of the world. I never heard one of them express anything above a, “meh,” about the Starbucks cups. And, I’m sure if given the chance to speak for themselves rather than being judged and dismissed by Joe Sanctimony, they would rejoice at ending world poverty–even if it meant Starbucks did something they didn’t agree with (tongue in cheek).
  • One of my friends put out as similarly sanctimonious and judgmental post on social media regarding Kaepernick: “I wish my fellow Christians cared as much about a black man being unjustly shot in the streets as they do about whether Colin Kaepernick stands or sits.” Hmmmm…who are your friends?
  • I was dying to put: “I wish you cared as much about ______ as you care about people caring about people caring about things.”
  • In the end…very few people are thoroughly evil or altogether good. We need to traffic more in forgiveness and less in wrath. We need to stop worrying about what everyone else has done or said and pay attention to our own words and actions.
  • Especially in dealing with fellow Christians. How do you view your fellow Sisters and Brothers.
  • No, really.
  • When was the last time you invited someone to church?
  • Well I wish you cared as much about Jesus as you care about reading this post………. 😉
  • Sounds foolish, doesn’t it?
  • Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

Song of the week: Take it to the Limit by the Eagles–live, 1977. It’s a good driving song for those of you hitting the road this Labor Day Weekend. Godspeed…take it to the limit.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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