Back in 2014, when the situation in Ferguson was still ongoing, Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, came home after his game — and witnessed the sheer madness taking place on his TV.
Over the course of the next day, he had filled up a page on his iPhone notepad expressing his feelings on the matter. Watson decided to piece his thoughts together into one Facebook post with an important message. “It’s not about skin. It’s about sin.” He relayed his message, which went viral, and then appeared on CNN to express his point of view. He was then rudely cut off.
According to CNN, the post had 427,000 shares, 760,000 likes, and an impressive 78,000 comments. Watson’s message was heard loud and clear by the Christians in this country, regardless of their skin color.
During his interview with Brooke Baldwin from CNN, he expressed that there were two parts of his message that resonated with him the most. The introspection section, and the encouragement section.
In the introspection part, he mentions “How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.” He explains that he knows that sometimes you want to “take a side” and call it a day, but that isn’t the right thing to do.
When you make decisions without facts, you are simply giving in to your sin. Watson goes on in the “encouraged” section of his message to explain exactly how he feels about that sin, and how it relates to every single one of us.
Watson clearly says that “Ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem.” He then explains that sin is the reason why people rebel against authority, it is why people are racist, it is why people will sometimes lie just to cover for their own race.
Watson goes on to say that, “BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through… his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind.” This is clearly the kind of message that every American needs to hear right now, particularly in the wake of the Charlottesville attack.
The NFL superstar brought up the names of some of the people who were the center of attention a short but unforgettable two years ago. “The cure for Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the gospel.”
In that sense, truer words have never been spoken. God helps bring us all together, and in this light, even the worst situation produces positive effects, such as bringing communities closer together than ever before.
This young man’s words will ring true, even many years from now. He is truly ahead of his own time, and understands what communities around the country need to hear to come together.
We will be saying a prayer for Watson tonight, and we wish for all of the people letting sin win to finally let it go. We are all better people than this — regardless of skin tone. Through God, all things are possible.