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Ravens Player Who Stood for Anthem: If I Kneel ‘It Would Be Two Knees, So That I Can Pray For…’

The Baltimore Ravens received their share of criticism for the national anthem protests which swept the NFL this weekend. Many Ravens players kneeled during the anthem while playing in London on Sunday. Ravens legend Ray Lewis could be found kneeling along with former and current Ravens players.

However, one Ravens lineman was standing for the anthem and, after the game, shared a powerful message about why he would ever kneel. Austin Howard, who is the brother-in-law of this reporter, explained in a post on Instagram why he stood.

Howard asked what protesting our anthem would solve before going on to say that if he was going to kneel, it would be on both knees, in prayer (emphasis added):

I have so many thoughts, emotions and opinions about the unfortunate and current state of our country right now. It would be so easy so lash back with an unthought through response, and “go on the attack”, but what would that do? Instead, I will pass along a message I recently read from a pastor that my wife and I have trusted and looked up to for years….

“If I take a knee during the national anthem, it would be two knees, so that I can pray for the evil and wrong in this world…”

Howard continued saying he prays for the blessing of living “in this great country”:

Mere men cannot make the changes that need to happen, only One can defeat all evil, and ease the pain this evil has caused so many.

Lord I pray for this country, I thank you for blessing me enough to live in this great country, I pray for the hearts of those who have succumbed to hatred and evil. I pray that the message that those like me need to get across to others can be done in such a manner that truths and actual feelings may be clearly seen and understood.

We are all different, and every single one of us were born in sin. It is only by Your Grace that we are able to wake up each and every day. Allow those who are in such positions to make positive changes by using their public platforms that you have blessed them with, do so in a manner that upholds all truth and brings honor to your Name and Kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen!!!

I have so many thoughts, emotions and opinions about the unfortunate and current state of our country right now. It would be so easy so lash back with an unthought through response, and "go on the attack", but what would that do? Instead, I will pass along a message I recently read from a pastor that my wife and I have trusted and looked up to for years…. "If I take a knee during the national anthem, it would be two knees, so that I can pray for the evil and wrong in this world…" Mere men cannot make the changes that need to happen, only One can defeat all evil, and ease the pain this evil has caused so many. Lord I pray for this country, I thank you for blessing me enough to live in this great country, I pray for the hearts of those who have succumbed to hatred and evil. I pray that the message that those like me need to get across to others can be done in such a manner that truths and actual feelings may be clearly seen and understood. We are all different, and every single one of us were born in sin. It is only by Your Grace that we are able to wake up each and every day. Allow those who are in such positions to make positive changes by using their public platforms that you have blessed them with, do so in a manner that upholds all truth and brings honor to your Name and Kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen!!! #ISurrender #NFL #Trump #Anthem #Unity #Ravens

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It’s Austin Howard’s eighth year in the NFL.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. ZALMAN SMILOVICI

    September 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    WE CAN HAVE MOORE TIME FOR AWER FAMILIES

  2. Cynthia

    September 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    In Jesus name and His precious blood, we pray. Amen.

  3. gina short gentry

    September 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    i love the gentlemen standing, they are pillars of hope and faith.

  4. AHZZ

    September 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Kneeling down on one leg is a TRUE SIGN of being “Submissive, Weak, Tired and/or Laziness!”
    STAND STRONG AMERICA! Stand Strong.

  5. paulette

    September 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    2ND CHRON 7:14 THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL THIS LAND

  6. Caroline

    September 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Of all the things you could sign a petition for and rally around: hunger, poverty, RACISM, paying vets more, paying teachers more. You are all nothing but a bunch of self-righteous racist blowhards.

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