Get Off Your Knees

There is a belief going around that kneeling for something is somehow “standing” for the cause.

False.

Kneeling is a sign of submission, of showing that something has authority over you.

Mordecai refused to kneel for Haman and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow to the image of King Nebuchadnezzar.

To bow, or to kneel, is a sign of submission, of reverence, of servitude, of worship.

So, this ideology that to kneel, or to bow, for “BLM”, “White Privilege” or to kneel during the National Anthem, is not a sign of strength and unity, but rather a sign of submission and worship.

Every time kneeling or bowing of a servant of God was mentioned in the Bible it was in reverence to the Lord, in worship to Him. Nowhere in the Word does it say to kneel to anything other than our Creator. Nowhere does it say to bow down to any cause or declaration brought forth by man.

This false argument that kneeling for racism during the National Anthem, or crowds of people kneeling due to white privilege, is in some way helping overcome racism is absolutely absurd. The Star-Spangled Banner was written as a declaration of freedom, it is a song that represents liberty and the beauty of our free nation. Maybe not everyone who helped get our country to where it is today was living a life we would all fully agree with, but why would we kneel during something that declares this a free land? Why would people with white skin bow down due to their skin color when God is the one who chose the color? Why would we kneel to anything other than our Father?  

There is also a ridiculous belief that we must demonize every person from American history who may have lived a life we don’t agree with.

American history is spotted with “bad” people doing good things, but so is the Bible. The Bible is filled with flawed individuals doing wonderful things, do we eliminate every Bible story that uses someone “unworthy” to do something great? Do we turn our backs on the men and women throughout the Word who lived an imperfect life?

Rahab was a prostitute; do we ignore the fact she was used by God to help bring victory to Israel? (Joshua 2)

Paul was once an enslaver of Christians. He watched as Stephen was killed and hunted men, women and children due to their faith. Do we discount how God later used him to do great and mighty works? (Acts 9)

Moses was a murderer; do we disregard all the good he did due to an unrighteous past? (Exodus 2)

David’s life ended with a far dimmer light than it began due to deceit, lies, murder and adultery. Do we minimize the many amazing accomplishments he had because he made mistakes? (2 Samuel 11)

Peter denied our Lord and Savior at the time of Jesus’ greatest need; should we kick him out of Biblical history due to his betrayal? (Luke 22)

The above people would, in today’s society, be considered “unworthy” of being lifted up because their lives were not spotless.  In today’s world people would flood the streets and demand their stories be forgotten and their names be blotted out.

Should we throw fits due to David’s sexism? Or how about Moses’ manslaughter? Or, should we riot because Paul, at one point in time, was a homicidal maniac? Should we remove their stories from the Word altogether?

As a Christian, I am ashamed at how easily my brothers and sisters in Christ have bought into this lie that kneeling is standing and that demonizing our forefathers, men who did many remarkable things, is somehow going to fix the issues we so clearly have today, issues that are spiritual not physical and should be confronted with prayers above protests.

Yes, American history has some ugly parts and yes, we are still working through some of the ugliness, but that does not mean we cower to the loudest voices yelling at us and we NEVER bow to anything other than our King.

America is not flawless and neither are her people but neither was Israel and the characters throughout Biblical history who brought her to victory.  

Get up off your knees. You were not called to kneel before anything other than your God, you were not formed in your mother’s womb to bow to any platform other than the platform of the Word.  

This is not a battle of racism, privilege, democrat or republic, this is a fight for freedom, a fight against submission and wordly servitude, a fight to keep the country God has given His people.  

Stand on the foundation of the Word and the Word alone. Bow to no man and no platform or agenda.

We were not called to bow to the world, we were called to stand for our King.  

Stand up and speak out. This is not the time to go into silent submission, this is the time to let our roars be heard and our voices echo throughout the universe declaring there is only ONE thing, one God, we kneel for, we bow down to, and He does not take kindly to sharing His throne.

“You shall have no other gods before a me.

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

-Exodus 20:3-6

Author: Lydia Barbara

I am a woman standing on the Word, believing in its infallibility and knowing I am all that God says I am.

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