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“She is Also from Another Land”

July 20, 2019

Gene Ramsey is a friend and colleague who recently wrote the following, and has graciously given me his expressed permission to share it with you here —

I’m watching the Jackie Robinson story. I’ve known it all my life, watched the movie before, but with new eyes today. You see, my youngest happens to share the same color of skin as Robinson, and it hurts to watch.

Jackie Robinson was a hero helping our entire country to fight and overcome a grave injustice. But, a part of the Jackie Robinson story is God’s story.

A belief held by Branch Rickey that came from his Methodist upbringing that we are all called to love one another and that such love was one of the most frequent commands of Scripture.

When Rickey applied that message to his life and his position he knew that he had to act to open up baseball, that it could no longer be a segregated game.

Now we are living through another similar time in our country. A time when those who would allow their fears and prejudices to dictate who is and who is not to be accepted.

I think of my youngest again, for you see she also is from another land.

There are some who, were she to attempt to make America her new home, would no doubt tell her to go back to where she came from.

However, unlike Jackie Robinson’s story, it is going to take more than just one person making space for her on his team. It requires all of us to stand up and say to the forces of evil in this world, “We will not allow your hate, your injustice or your oppression to become the voice of America. We will love others as God in Christ first loved us, and we will welcome the alien and sojourner, the immigrant amongst us, as God welcomed us who were not his people into his kingdom and called us his own.

 

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