Ducklett wrote:Knightro wrote:It's very plausible that Jonathan Isaac, as devoutly religious as he and his family appear to be, was raised very conservative.
A lot of Christians are taught not to kneel to/for anyone but God/Jesus. I have a feeling this was part of his reason not to.
We Christians are not necessarily taught "not to kneel" to/for anyone but God/Jesus, we are taught not to give honor and reverence that is only due to God. So, yes, we wouldn't kneel to a man--or ideology--if that kneeling signify a reverence that we would only give God. But, we would most certainly bow to a royal or do the customary thing that would show respect to the position that one holds.
For example, in the Book of Daniel, chapter 3, In the scriptures, Daniel and his friends--didn't bow and worship the golden image because they do not serve anyone above God, the bow signify a reverence of something holy. In the book of Acts 10:25-26, Cornelius tried to kneel to the Apostle Peter and he said "Stand up; I too am a man". But we also have Romans 13:7 that says "Pay to all what is owed to them; taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed". Mark 12:17 "Jesus said to them 'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' And they marveled at Him." So we separate. What belongs to God, belongs to God and what belongs to man, we give to man.
A lot of us Christians are rocked by this entire movement because we genuinely have an "All lives matter" mentality. This isn't the mentality so that we can stiffen the Black Lives Matter movement but because of two things: 1st) as Christians, our whole mentality is to love. The greatest commandment for us is to love God, and the second is to love thy neighbor like yourself, so it is love God, love yourself, love others (Matthew 22:36-40 Teacher, which is the great command in the the Law? And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. 2nd) Is because how much God love the world because He gave us His Son-- For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.--John 3:16 God loves you, therefore we are taught to do the same.
Also, when thinking about racism; the world's response will be community, love and law. We're going to see policies and laws change to show that BLM--we are not against that. But for us, this is fundamental and it goes beyond law. As Christians, we say that Jesus is the answer because He is love and He shows us how to love. And because love is action, that deep rooted love will be shown in our action to others even where the law does not go. For us, it is not merely trying to align with the what the law says, its genuinely loving our neighbor, honoring and respecting them in all aspects of our lives.
I want to say this because I think it's important. As a Christian, our standard is to love, honor and respect everyone. That is the expectation that God has for us. And it is hard. We don't always do it right. Many of us struggle with learning to love people the way that God wants us to. Our goal isn't to love the way the world thinks we should but to love people how God think they should be loved. And I am sorry when we fail to truly do that.
And I don't know why this matters but I feel like I have to say it--I am a Haitian immigrant who have strived to live as a Christian and not as a skin color and that was an organic process. I am just trying to navigate this whole landscape like everyone else. The way that Isaac went about it was neither wrong or right, it was a choice, that he felt he had to make that would be the most honorable to God. That's what we strive for.
I hope you find this is peace.