The Norman Transcript

October 13, 2013

Kneeling endzone celebration shouldn’t incur a penalty


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Having provided marketing services for some of the fastest growing churches in America, I am frequently asked what I believe to be the greatest common denominator for the loss of Godliness within our nation.

Some people connect perceptions of spiritual decline with removing God from our schools or court houses, or even when religion became seeker-driven spectacles.

The truth is that God has never been in schools, court houses or even our mega-churches.

Though we love to pass the buck, scripture tells us that God does not live in anything made by human hands. Any society decline we perceive is based on nothing more or less than God being systematically removed from us. I witnessed this first hand this past Sunday as my 8-year-old son ran the length of a football field to score a touchdown for his team. With a motive as simple as thanking his God for speed and agility, he took a knee in the end zone. As quickly as it took him to say, “Thank you, Lord,” the referees notified his coach that such a level of “excessive celebration” would in all future instances incur a penalty.

If you question what has become of God in our nation, you must realize that society no longer respects and, in many instances, will not tolerate Godly behavior. Though I will teach a young man a way to thank his Lord that doesn’t conflict with Norman Optimist rules, I will continue to declare that “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

JAY P. KENNEDY

Norman