Jackie Robinson

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Image by Paul Lowry / CC BY 2.0


Sixty-eight years ago today on April 15, 1947 America was changed forever. On that day Jackie Robinson ran across the line in Dodger Stadium becoming the first African American to ever play Major League Baseball. When Herbert Aaron of Mobile, Alabama saw this, he said to his 13-year-old son Hank Aaron, “Son, you can do anything you put your mind to in life.” Jackie Robinson was given this chance to break the racial barrier that had existed in baseball by Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey whose belief in racial equality was fueled by his biblical understanding of the sanctity of every human life. And, he used his influence as a Major League Baseball manager to influence the world for the glory of God. Like Branch Rickey, all of you have influence. Are you using that influence to serve the Lord, or are you letting it go to waste?

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

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