8 August 2020

“I only bow to Jesus,” says Christian athlete who refuses to kneel in honor of “Black Lives Matter.”

A Christian pitcher for the “San Francisco Giants” was the only one of the two teams in a game who did not kneel during the “Black Lives Matter” tribute.

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“I only bow to Jesus,” says Christian athlete who refuses to kneel in honor of “Black Lives Matter.”

It’s about athlete Sam Coonrod a pitcher for the “San Francisco Giants” baseball team who said that because of his faith, he refused to kneel before the national anthem in a team tribute to the “Black Lives Matter” organization this week.

The only athlete who did not kneel

Sam Coonrod, who is in his second season with the team, was the only member of both teams who did not go down on his knees. While the rest of the players and coaches of both teams have knelt and bowed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I’m a Christian… and I can’t adhere to some of the things I read about the ‘Matter of Black Lives,'” the pitcher said. Differentiating the national organization from the anti-racist movement. “How they lean towards Marxism and say some negative things about the family unit. I can’t accept that,” he added.

Coonrod, who made his Major League Baseball debut in 2019, said that with his attitude he “didn’t want to hurt anyone.

“I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. I’m just a Christian. I don’t think I can kneel down to anything but Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel that if I did, I would be a hypocrite. I don’t want to be a hypocrite,” he said.

In his Instagram biography, Coonrod puts himself as “a follower of Jesus Christ. John 3:3.

The Origins of a Debate

Coonrod’s statements sparked a debate among the wider Christian community about the positions of the “Black Lives Matter” organization, founded in 2013. On its website, the organization states: “We have stopped demanding a nuclear structure from the West, maintaining ourselves as extended families and ‘villages’ that care collectively.

The web portal also asserts that the organization is a “network of claims” and tries to “dismantle the privilege of the cisgender”, which reveals its inclination towards the ideology of gender.

In disagreement with the organization

During the month of June, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear expressed disagreement with some of the organization’s positions, but did not deny that “black lives are important,” as the name of the group says.

“We know that many in our country, particularly our brothers and sisters of color, are suffering,” Greear said.

“Southern Baptists, we need to say clearly: as a matter of the Gospel, the lives of black people matter. Of course, the lives of Black people are important. Our Black brothers and sisters are made in the image and likeness of God,” she concluded.