This last weekend I got the opportunity to go visit some friends in California, visit Disneyland, and relax from all of the intense schoolwork that I’ve been doing over the last month or so. In the midst of all the fun I was able to see the new movie “42” which depicts the beginning of Jackie Robinson’s Major League Baseball career in 1947.
One of the most interesting lessons that I learned from this movie was from a scene where Robinson is up at bat and a fan and his son are sitting in the stands. The father calls Robinson a nigger. Then his son looks up to him, obviously perplexed about the whole situation, then after a long pause, repeats the same action of prejudice and bigotry as his father. In my mind, the pause of this little boy displays the reality that God put an unsettling feeling in human beings when they are first exposed to injustices and wrongs. The only unfortunate thing is that often the racial slurs, hate, and stereotypes are often learned from parents and the other adult role models around children.
A few questions that I want to leave you with before this awesome movie trailer are:
1. How are you contributing to your child’s development of how they view people with different racial, ethnic, or language differences?
2. What can you do to apply biblical ethics and values in regards to racial reconciliation with people in your church and community?
Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear 42!