NFL player, man of faith, captures nation with message of hope for country’s reconciliation

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is pulling at America’s heartstrings again, turning to Facebook on Monday to post an earnest message in response to the riots happening in Baltimore that same night.

“We have major problems as a nation,” the NFL player wrote. “Yesterday Ferguson burned. Tonight‪ #‎Baltimore‬ burns. Tomorrow it will be another city in our homeland.”

“Watching the coverage I’m hearing yet another version of a nauseatingly familiar narrative,” Watson continued. “Violence by police reciprocated by violence by the community, reciprocated by violence by police reciprocated by…. It seems fruitless to continue to analyze, condemn, and respond to these dreadful episodes.”

We have major problems as a nation. Yesterday Ferguson burned. Tonight #Baltimore burns. Tomorrow it will be another…

Posted by Benjamin Watson on Monday, April 27, 2015

Watson first captured the country’s attention when he took to Facebook to comment on events in Ferguson, Mo., a post that went viral, and again a few months later to talk about the persecution of Christians in the UNited States.

This week’s post has already garnered over 37,000 “Likes” and has been shared more than 15,000 times.

A man of faith, Watson talked about the condition of the human heart.

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“Systems are broken because people are broken and if systems are fixed without hearts being changed the result will be a legalistic attempt that will lack long term results,” he said. “Our problems are wholistic and common to the human heart. Hatred, prejudice, exploitation, pride, self righteousness, secrecy, and rebellion, manifest itself in the explosions we’ve seen over the last year, the last century, and the last millennia.”

In the end, Watson turned to God.

“Tonight I see ‘smoke,’ but we must address the fire,” Watson said. “The response that we are watching is just “smoke” from years of hopelessness. After each situation the more I am convinced that the love of God for our fellow brothers and sisters who were created in His image, is our only hope for reconciliation.”

Amen

Tom Tillison

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