Opposition to Black Lives Matter is rising amid the national push from the Left to force everyone to bow to their mob. While many have cowered in the liberal entertainment and sports industries, so far, three professional football, baseball, and basketball players have found the courage to push back and stand for what they know is right.

On Friday, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood alone for the National Anthem while his teammates, alongside players for the Brooklyn Nets, took a knee in solidarity with BLM. Isaac is the first NBA player to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner since the season restarted after the pandemic.

When interviewed about his decision to stand, he refused to play the victim and instead described that he stands because he owes the success of his life to Jesus Christ. Isaac said, “Kneeling or wearing a black lives matter t-shirt doesn’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives. My life has been supported by the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He continued to discuss his decision and how it relates to his faith in depth – see below:

This comes just after Pittsburgh Steelers player Stephon Tuitt stirred up controversy last week with his strong defiance of kneeling for the National Anthem. Tuitt tweeted, “Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and age worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now,” he said.

Following his tweet, he doubled down and posted a photo of himself standing for the flag with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem.

He proudly announced, “I stand for the flag because I am a proud American.” Tuitt continued, “Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in.”

Explaining that he supports the good sentiment of the movement, he clarified, “In regards to police brutality and the black lives matter movement I will support these causes through other means. It’s unfortunate that a couple unprofessional individuals have caused such havoc on our country and damaged the trust of its citizens. I will not let those individuals steer me from the fact on the opportunity this country gives for everyone. God Bless.”

Tuitt’s stance strongly differs from his NFL colleagues who reject his opinion on the matter. Fellow player Zach Banner responded to Tuitt stating, “do not associate this message with me, or others who will decide to kneel,” he said.

Tuitt’s controversial comments were paralleled by San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Coonrod’s move to stand for the flag as well. Like Isaac, the MLB player was the only person to stand up for the National Anthem on either team at his game. Coonrod said he “can’t kneel before anything besides God” in accordance with his Christian faith.

In more detail, he explained, “I’m a Christian, like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter… How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that,” he said.

Finally, someone is acknowledging the truth about BLM and fearlessly calling them out for what they are – Marxists. They are anti-family, anti-God, and anti-American. Anyone who looks at what is happening can see that they are not rioting with a goal of peace. BLM, and the Left as a whole, wants power. To get that, they are using a clear political agenda which attempts to break down everything America stands for. However, the one idea standing in their way, which is the same reason all three professional sports players gave for standing, is Americans’ faith in God.

Because people who believe in God believe in two things that pose a threat to BLM’s power grab. Christians believe in peace, and they believe that their abilities, achievements, and purpose comes from God. They don’t believe in the victimhood mentality because they believe anything is possible through God, regardless of circumstance. They also know they are forgiven for past sins, so they do not need to feel guilt for things like “internalized implicit bias.” However, BLM needs a victimhood mentality and they need an oppressor for their ideology to take root. Without it, they don’t have a movement.

That is why the message of faith in God that Isaac, Tuitt, and Coonrod discussed is so important. Not only is it the truth, but it is antithetical to BLM’s movement. If they can empower more people to stand up like they did, they can influence people who have been sucked into it and hopefully help them realize that they should be proud to love this country where we are free.