Proudly Christian . . .Eh

April 30, 2013

I learned two things this week that I didn’t know before.  Even though I am not a sports fan I am aware
that Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play professional
baseball in the Major Leagues in the States.  
And I even knew that before they started promoting the movie “42”.   What I didn’t know was that he played in
Canada the year before without a problem or incident.  The fact that he was African American didn’t seem
to be an issue. 

In 1946 Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the affiliate team of
the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Robinson said “The fans there were just fantastic and
my wife and I have nothing but the greatest memories.” 
The other thing I discovered was that Robinson was not only hired by the
Dodgers because of his skill on the field but because of his commitment to
Christ. 

One biographer wrote “The reason, quite literally, (Branch) Rickey chose
Jackie Robinson was his strong moral character and his Christian faith.”  Ricky knew if this was going to work they
would have to have someone who would take the teaching of Christ about turning
the other cheek seriously.  

 Kind of makes me proud to be a Christian and a Canadian.  Have a great week and remember: To
see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.