Jonathan Isaac nor his critics are difficult to understand.
The 22-year-old Orlando Magic big man refuses to separate his religious faith from his actions or his interpretation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Isaac believes the blood of Jesus Christ shed at His crucifixion absolves sin and acceptance and practice of His Gospel is the most effective way for humans to combat sin, including racism.
That’s why Isaac stood for the national anthem Friday night before the Magic played the Nets. That’s why Isaac shunned wearing a BLM T-shirt during pregame festivities.
Jonathan Isaac believes in the power of the Gospel.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Casual supporters of BLM do not believe in the goal of doing all things through Christ. Ardent supporters of BLM do not believe in Christ. The casual and ardent supporters of BLM agree that God, Jesus Christ and the Gospel have nothing to do with the current social justice movement.
Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks asked Isaac to explain the connection between kneeling in protest of racism and religious faith. The American media is so awash in secular values that Isaac’s desire to funnel his behavior through the lens of What Would Jesus Want Me To Do is baffling.
Isaac sounded like an alien to Rooks. His explanation struck many of his athletic peers the same way. Longtime NBA player and Lakers reserve Jared Dudley summarized the position of many athletes, tweeting:
“Every person is entitled to their own opinions but I disagree with him, especially as a Christian man myself. This movement has very little to do with religion, but more to do with equality, police brutality and social injustice for Black people. Together unified we are at our strongest!”
According to Dudley, BLM has very little to do with religion. The truth is, BLM has NOTHING to do with religion. Its founders are trained Marxist, a political theory hostile to all religions. Friday night in Portland, BLM supporters burned Bibles outside a federal courthouse.
Jonathan Isaac believes the path to justice runs through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Supporters of BLM believe justice can be achieved through social media outrage, slogans on T-shirts, kneeling during the national anthem and the prioritization of a specific skin-color-related sin above all else.
Supporters of BLM think Jesus and principles consistent with religious faith are optional in the pursuit of fairness. Actually they argue that religion is a hindrance to the justice they seek. That’s why they torched Bibles in Portland. You can’t fully embrace Karl Marx’s political theory and submit to a Higher Power. Socialism, communism and the government are the higher power.
I am a sinner. The best version of myself is only achieved when I lean into my Christian faith. When I don’t lean into my relationship with God, you’ll find me engaging in lustful activities that have very little to do with religion.
My way or Jonathan Isaac’s way of combating sin does not have to be everyone’s way. But let’s not pretend that what Isaac professed is complex.
“My life has been supported through the Gospel,” Isaac explained following Friday’s game. “Everyone is made in God’s image and we all fall short of God’s glory. Each and everyone of us do things every day that we shouldn’t do. We say things we shouldn’t do. We shouldn’t hate or dislike. Sometimes it gets to a point where we point fingers whose evil is worse. Sometimes it comes down to whose evil is most visible. I felt like I wanted to take a stand on, ‘We all make mistakes,’ but the Gospel says there is Grace for us.
“If we all come to an understanding of that and God wants to have a relationship with us, we can get past all the things that are messed up and jacked up. When you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation and plagues our world. I feel like coming together that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues our society is the Gospel.”
Isaac’s message is simple: Submission to God’s will is the solution to our problems, including racism. Black Lives Matter is not a suitable replacement for Christian faith. What BLM advocates is inconsistent with the word of God.
Supporters of BLM know this. They will feign confusion over Isaac’s message and/or pretend that Christianity empowers racial injustice.
Think it through. Jonathan Isaac stood and bowed his head in prayer during the national anthem hoping to glorify Jesus Christ. LeBron James said he took a knee and wore a BLM T-shirt hoping to make Colin Kaepernick proud.
Jesus or Kap. Even for non-believers, it should be an easy choice.
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