I don’t watch much professional basketball but I do watch the trending topics on social media and it was impossible not to notice young Jonathan Isaac being questioned about his decision not to kneel or don Black Lives Matter gear at his game the other night. It was also impossible not to notice that when questioned he took the opportunity to extol the virtues and value of a commitment to something larger than a single issue in a single moment in time.
I actually find it quite sad that a person who plays a game for a living is also expected to defend political or cultural views in a forum where they should simply be answering questions about the game. It is a tragic sign of how we have managed to politicize every aspect of life, and it is no wonder so many people are so angry with each other all the time. When the political becomes personal it erases the importance of character. We are witnessing this in so many aspects right now. Too many people feel free to hate others simply because of one statement, one vote, or action. We are judging entire lives based on momentary interactions and it has become a scourge.
What was most impressive about Isaac’s statement (outside of his striking humility) is that he took the political and made it about grace. More of that, please! The Orlando Magic player explained his point of view without resulting to inflammatory language or even judgment of those who disagree. He pointed out that we are all tempted to point out some evils as the “worst” evils but we are subject to sin, and the only cure for sin is Christ. A bold statement even outside of the current political atmosphere.