Georgia church pastor's message on Kaepernick goes viral

The controversy surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel instead of stand during the national anthem is nothing new. 

However, a Gwinnett County pastor's take on the decision is. 

On Sunday, 12Stone Church's Kevin Myers spoke at length about Kaepernick's decision and how he would talk to his son about it

Now, this portion of his message is going viral, reaching more than 166,000 views on Facebook alone in just over 48 hours. 

"If the existence of some injustice in our country is the reason to not stand for the flag...then no one will ever be able to stand for the flag ever again," Meyers said. 

The pastor goes on to say: "We're going to stand for the flag for the same reason Colin sits for the flag."

Kaepernick began his protest back on August 26 before the start of the third preseason game. He later told NFL Media that he refused to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

The move left many in the country divided. 

The president of the NAACP compared the quarterback's refusal to stand during the national anthem to Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955. Meanwhile, Alex Boone, one of Kaepernick's former teammates, ripped him saying: "I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom."

Seventeen other players have joined Kaepernick's cause including teammates Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold and Eric Reid, Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn of the Los Angles Rams, Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos, Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins, Jurrell Casey, Jason McCourty and Wesley Woodyard of the Tennessee Titans, Martellus Bennet and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jeremy Wise of the Seattle Seahawks. 

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