NFL Star Benjamin Watson Says the Bible Has Solution for Racial Reconciliation

(Photo: Tyndale Momentum)Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, releases his first book on Nov. 17, 2015, with Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale Publishers. Watson's book, co-written with Ken Peterson, is entitled Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Raceā€”and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us.

NFL star Benjamin Watson said at the Billy Graham Library on Saturday that the solution for racial reconciliation can be found in one book: the Bible. 

The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, opened its doors to Watson for an autograph book signing for Under Our Skin. 

Before sitting down to sign autographs, the 36 year old took a moment to address those in attendance.

"As we look at the topic of race in our country we sometimes do not know how to go about it. For some of us we can't talk about it because it's so painful and we have so much emotion that we do not know what's going to come out of our mouths," Watson shared while being filmed for Facebook live.

The athlete explained that racial issues have been around since the country's Inception and said that generation after generation has had to deal with the issue.

"As believers, we have this book called the Bible that we need to filter all of these ideas through," said Watson, who hails from North Fork, Virginia.

He added that, as Christians, everyone must approach race through the scope of what Scripture says. During a time when some would rather pit people against each other and promoting "hate" and "separatism," Watson hopes those who follow Jesus would look to the Word of God and not the patterns of society.

"The Bible is our prescription on how we do that," he said. 

The Baltimore Ravens tight end also admitted that it's not an easy thing to do because everyone sees things through their own lens. Watson confessed that he himself is affected when he sees a racially-charged events take place.

"We are the same under our skin. Our skin, especially in the context of America, our skin has been a great dividing factor and it's something that has been used to make some people inferior and others superior. But the Gospel makes everything leveled at the foot of the cross," Watson emphasized.

He went on to say that his book shows people how to use the Gospel to help bring about restoration and love for one another.

The 2007 Super Bowl champion regularly takes to his social media accounts to address his conservative views. In a recent post he urged his fans to consider "black lives matter" in the scope of abortion.

"Black lives don't matter when we support and engage in the termination of our most important resource and our hope for a brighter future; our unborn children," Watson wrote on his Facebook page.

"When it comes to race and ethnicity, the dining room in our homes is just as important as the court room in evoking true lasting improvement."

For more information about Watson and his book, Under Our Skin, click here.

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