In light of all the anti-Semitism that has come to the forefront of the news cycle lately, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce announced that he’ll be promoting relations between American Christians and the people of Israel when he takes the field on Sunday.
Pierce’s activism will be part of the third annual “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative put on by the National Football League.
“My Cause My Cleats” is an opportunity for NFL players to sport customized footwear during games on a chosen week each year, supporting nonprofit organizations close to their individual hearts.
In a YouTube video, Pierce talked about why he is supporting the chosen cause, and how his experience with the organization impacted his life:
“Having an Israel flag was paramount for me,” said Pierce, who is from Daphne, Alabama. “Growing up, reading the Bible, hearing Bible stories, and learn exactly what Jesus walked is awesome. To go over [to the Holy Land] and see the difference, and see just exactly how the culture is…how warm people are, is definitely something that I hope that people will read about and then maybe go over and (if they are able, of course) and to be able to see exactly what’s going on.”
This is pure awesomeness. Our current culture, soaked in progressive thought and ideology, has become increasingly intolerant of Jewish folk and the nation of Israel in particular.
It’s become part of the leftist platform to hate on this country, to side with Palestine — a nation which harbors a known terrorist group — and to label Israel as land grabbers or something of that nature.
This, of course, is not true at all, but the facts have never stopped the left from expressing their hatred for others, so why start now?
What Pierce is doing will bring a lot of awareness to a worthy cause. Instead of kneeling during the National Anthem, he’s doing something meaningful to help win hearts and minds to a cause he’s passionate about.
Perhaps Colin Kaepernick should be taking notes?