It takes a lot of courage to speak out about your views — especially when you’re in a field that doesn’t necessarily want you to acknowledge anything one way or the other. But that’s just what Benjamin Watson has done. The tight end for the New Orleans Saints got national attention last fall when he shared his thoughts in an essay on Facebook about the problems in Ferguson, MO. He offered encouragement through Jesus Christ stating that sin was the problem not just race relations.
Watson, again shared his Christian faith, when he turned his attention to Baltimore City and the violent response to Freddie Gray’s death, explaining “that the pain, anger and tension that the city and its residents are experiencing can only be healed through the power of Christ.”
Here is an excerpt from his Facebook page:
“We have major problems as a nation. Yesterday Ferguson burned. Tonight #Baltimore burns. Tomorrow it will be another city in our homeland. Watching the coverage I’m hearing yet another version of a nauseatingly familiar narrative. Violence by police reciprocated by violence by the community, reciprocated by violence by police reciprocated by…. It seems fruitless to continue to analyze, condemn, and respond to these dreadful episodes. “Frustration, anger, tension boiling over, upset and unfortunate” are words we hear from Baltimore residents. When it comes to law enforcement, race, poverty, education, immigration we always talk about fixing “broken” systems. We resolve to legislate for education, job creation, and systemic overhaul. These are helpful and definitely needed BUT we have done all of these things ad nauseum and look at us!! Without a change of heart these attempts fail us. So what can we say? What can we do? Systems are broken because people are broken and if systems are fixed without hearts being changed the result will be a legalistic attempt that will lack long term results. Our problems are wholistic and common to the human heart. Hatred, prejudice, exploitation, pride, self righteousness, secrecy, and rebellion, manifest itself in the explosions we’ve seen over the last year, the last century, and the last millennia.”
CNN Interviewer Brooke Baldwin said she “got it” then the interview went to a green screen The Christian Post reports.Baldwin then said, “Just like that, we lost him,” later explaining that the satellite window with New Orleans suddenly closed.
H/T: The Christian Post