Trump, Kaepernick, and Nike

This is going to be short, but not necessarily sweet.

I don’t watch television, so I will be the first to admit that I have not followed everything going on with the 3 in the subject of this blog. However, I do research things before blogging (wish everyone did) and here is where I stand:

Freedom of speech is just that – the right for ALL to express themselves in the way they desire, with the exception of obscenity, fighting words, defamation, child pornography, perjury, blackmail, incitement to imminent lawless action, actual threats, and solicitations to commit crimes.

So, Trump can say, Tweet, and post on any form of media his opinion of Kaepernick, or players in any sport who decide to take a knee during our National Anthem, whatever he may want as long as it doesn’t violate one of the aforementioned exceptions to the 1st Amendment.

And, Kaepernick can refuse to stand for our National Anthem in order to raise awareness for the injustices being done in this nation towards blacks – or include the injustices done to all races by the hands of another race.

It’s freedom of speech and the very thing our men and women in uniform are fighting to protect. Regardless of how I feel about the President’s Tweets or behavior, he’s my President, and having served in our Armed Forces, I understand respecting the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.

I also understand that not all Americans have spent 8 weeks in boot camp learning WHY we do so – regardless if we voted for the current POTUS or not.

It’s freedom of speech and regardless of how I feel about Kaepernick, or the entire NFL if they so choose, not standing during our National Anthem, that is his, their, and your right to do so.

The only thing I would ask is this: If you have a problem with the President – make sure you vote in the election. If your choice doesn’t win, still pray for the President because 1) God tells us to in His Word (1 Timothy 2:2) and 2) because they are still the authority in the land and prayer can change their steps. (Proverbs 16:9) If you see something you disagree with in your area of influence – take action.

For those wondering what Nike had to do with this blog, Just do it!

Don’t remain silent when you see someone being bullied because of the ethnicity. Don’t look the other way if someone is being persecuted because of their religion, color, gender, handicap, or position in life. Don’t standby on the sidelines (or sit behind your anonymous computer or smartphone screen) and not DO SOMETHING about the very things you complain about in this world.

As Matthew West’s song, Do Something, says when he looked around and saw all the trouble in the world, he shook his hand at God and said ‘Why don’t You don’t something?’ And He said, ‘I did, yeah… I created YOU.’

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I Want to Love

I listened to your unfeigned voice,
the emotion in your falsetto;
I watched your face illuminate
as you sang about your love;
Hearing the words you chose,
such sweet poetry of the heart.
I want to love this one you know.

Put the needle of hope in my arm.
Place the tape of optimism
to secure it there.
As I count back from 5
Let me fall
Into love like this
As I count back from 4
Let me live.

You create a brand new zeitgeist,
the candor in your song.
The evident way you love them
paints an enviable bliss.
Your convincing melody is
an anesthetic to my pessimism.
I want to love this one you know.

Put the needle of hope in my arm.
Place the tape of optimism
to secure it there.
As I count back from 3
Let me fall
Into love like this
As I count back from 2
Let me live.

You articulate my dreams well;
the ones that carry me to heaven.
You cauterize this hemorrhaging heart
stabbed by a cruelty of selfishness.
Your ability, willingness, to open up
to want for beyond yourself.
I want to love this one you know.

Put the needle of hope in my arm.
Place the tape of optimism
to secure it there.
As I count back from 1
Let me fall
Into love like this
Into love like this

Your Love Brings me Through

You not only hear

The cry from my soul

But You hear every tear

As it hits the floor

 

You not only love me

When I do right

But you love me with

All my faults and my lies

 

I can’t seem to be

Unloved by You

I can’t seem to run

Out of mercy with You

I can’t seem to fail

At anything with You

Because Your love

Your love always brings

me through.

 

I not only want

With my mind to love you

But with my strength, my might

And my heart too

 

I not only want

To never fail You

But live my life So I

Don’t fail others too

 

I can’t seem to be

Unloved by You

I can’t seem to run

Out of mercy with You

I can’t seem to fail

At anything with You

Because Your love

Your love always brings

me through.

 

Bridge: I live

             I lie

             I learn

             You love

             You lift

             You turn

             Spirit

             Help me now

             Open my eyes

             Show me how

 

I can’t seem to be

Unloved by You

I can’t seem to run

Out of mercy with You

I can’t seem to fail

At anything with You

Because Your love

Your love always brings

me through.

 

Galaxies Away

When I look upon the stars

I wish that I could escape to there

Because they are all so far away

From the pain that holds me here.

I don’t want to feel this hurt

Anymore when those words are said

That should bring me happiness

And not the familiar fear instead.

Why can’t I hold onto the hope

That love can breathe in my world

I want to do more than just see it on

The faces of those around me

I want to walk in its sunshine

Upon it’s fresh cut grass

Have the aroma of it bring a smile

To my sad tear-stained face.

Is my life forever a galaxy away

From the atmosphere of love?

Am I just feeding the power

Of those who placed this in my heart

Am I giving them residence

In the soul they tore apart?

Stand up and walk away

That is all you have to do

Leave the past where it is at

Or history will walk on you

Why can’t I hold onto the hope

That love can breathe in my world

I want to do more than just see it on

The faces of those around me

I want to walk in its sunshine

Upon it’s fresh cut grass

Have the aroma of it bring a smile

To my sad tear-stained face.

Is my life forever a galaxy away

From the atmosphere of love?

My Beautiful Puzzle

Verse 1:

You were the piece that didn’t fit

Into the puzzle mold I made

I picked the ones that I thought

I was worthy to glance upon

Now that I place my heart piece

Within the shape of yours

I realize God gave me you

And my puzzle can now be done. 

No need to buy my flowers

To show your love for me

I don’t need to be wined and dined

You’ve captured this heart of mine

There’s a special way you make me feel

That makes my heart feel safe

There’s a special place within me

Created for you before time

CHORUS:You’re a beautiful puzzle

Your pieces all fashioned for me

Everywhere I had rough edges

You placed love intricately

You’re my beautiful puzzle

Everyday we spend together

Our life puzzle God does knit.

Verse 2:

Along the years we've grown

Our count is now more than 2

There's been wrong pieces placed

But corrections we have made.

Although the colors you bring

Are quite different from those I do

Together we make a tapestry

Of a love song gently played. 

God placed each corner piece and edge

We've begun to fill them in

Through distance, pain and tears

Our pieces still were glued.

Some misunderstand what we do

And how we've become one

But I know that you do love me

And you know I love you, too. 

Chorus 

BRIDGE:There are so many things you do

That makes me proud to be your wife

I hope I reciprocate such pride in you

As together we spend our lives.

Chorus