Hope Carpenter, co-pastor of a church known for its diverse membership, caused a stir this weekend when she expressed her opinion about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
With her husband, Ron Carpenter Jr., Hope helps lead Redemption Church in Greenville, SC. On Sunday, she posted the following now-deleted post:
If you know me at all …. you know who I am, what I stand for and my fight for equality for all of us as humans! Right??? So do not dog me out for my video/pic I just posted about the silent protest! It’s wrong! Stop thinking about it from your history or race! The NATIONAL ANTHEM IS OUR NATION’s SONG! Yes, there are things in our country that’s wrong, but our country is not to blame! You don’t like it? Move or be a part of the healing of our nation! This only separates and divides more yall!!!!! Rise up church! Where you at??? U hanging out with the complainers??? The mad???? Where u at???
Jesus is our only answer and He promotes faith, love, peace, HONOR and unity and submission! Do things the right way and get a right outcome! Want to protest? Do it differently .. but not not honoring our national anthem! God’s been good to us and these people still are representing a STATE on their jersey! This will not fix racism! Duh!!! Only Jesus!
If you wanna kneel … then u better be praying to the one and only who can heal our land! Do go back n forth on here and make me block u. This is my page. State your opinion on yours.
Her post generated an abundance of comments, many of which condemned her perceived insensitivity toward the minority members of their congregation.
After removing the post, Hope Carpenter issued the following apology:
I absolutely love our church people! We are all very different with very different upbringings but we all love Jesus and want to be respected and appreciated! I do not ever want to hurt people. I want to help … I’m sorry if I hurt anyone. Let’s all be careful what we post and say. Thanks for telling me when I hurt you. Never want to do that. I love my family.