Jordin Sparks issued a subtle message while singing the National Anthem before the Dallas Cowboys took on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona, inscribing a Bible verse on her hands.
While holding a microphone, the verse 'Prov. 31: 8-9' were visible on the 27-year-old singer's hands, a reference to the Book of Proverbs, which reads, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
As reported, hundreds of N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the National Anthem on Sunday in the form of kneeling, linking arms and holding fists in the air after President Trump told a rally in Alabama, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: 'Get that son of a b- off the field right now, out. He's fired. He's fired!'"
Sparks' boyfriend, Dana Isaiah, later shared a photo of his girlfriend from the event along with the caption: "Way to use your platform babe! 'Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.' Proverbs 31:8-9 #purpose#standwithkaepernick #useyourplatform."
Sparks, a former American Idol winner, Arizona native, and child of a former NFL player, was applauded for her stance by a number of fans on social media.
"Amen. Go to work!! For the glory of the King alone. It's what we were created to do," wrote one fan.
Wrote another, "I'm so proud of her. She single handedly got millions of people to look to The Word for what could have been the first time in their lives. Her message is strong, classy and true to who she is as a person. God made this one special...This nation needs to get back to God. Her voice was heard last night in more ways than one."
Sparks isn't the only Christian celebrity to point back to the Bible amid division; actor Kirk Cameron recently told The Gospel Herald that America won't be able to resolve its issues until we "climb up and see the world from where God sees it."
"Today, we're divided over race, politics, religion, over gender, over choice -- it seems worse than before the election. How in the world are we going to move forward in a healthy way?" he said.
Cameron said he visits hundreds of churches across the country every year, and has seen firsthand that "millions of people are not racist, are not bigots, are not insensitive to the socioeconomic issues, are not greedy, and are not divided."
Instead, he said, "they really and truly want to see ways of coming together across all of these things and be a blessing to one another."
"I'm one of those people, and I know and millions of others like that," Cameron said. "They're saying things like, 'how can I get engaged? How can I stay connected so I can create the culture I want for my children rather than complaining about the culture that I see for my children?'"
He added, "By looking at issues the way that God sees them, we'll be able to find solutions to the problems we face."