[Papercut Press Publishing] 1997-12-01 - Jesus Took the Back Seat of the Bus

We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.Matt. 3:9

There is no desire on my part to compare Rosa Parks to Jesus, that would be foolish. But it is on this day, in this century, 12/01/1955, that the civil rights movement got, perhaps, its greatest boost. On this day in 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested because she refused to give her seat up on a city bus. This was against the city segregation laws. This was a stupid law. Segregation is a black mark on our nation. As much as Rosa Parks was right in her stand, Christ was much more valiant for the cause He was living for. He broke no laws. That is amazing. Christ was able to accomplish His revolution while still holding to the civil and moral laws of the society. This should put Christ above every figure in history, and it does. Who else has done this in history? None! Christ is above history, our Lord Jesus Christ is God. In our nation black and white relations are at an all time low. From many black perspectives the whites are out of the city oppressing them, and from many of the white perspectives the blacks are in the city committing all the crimes.

To some degree segregation still exists. I live in Philadelphia, and the grocery store I like best is in a black section of the city. I go there and everyone stares at me. It is amazing. I can do all my shopping and never see a white person. This blows my mind. Color!?!, who cares!! It is the cause of Christ we must defend, it is the gospel that we must stand for. So on this day when Rosa Parks would not go the back of the bus, we, as Christians, should honor Christ by not letting the gospel of Jesus Christ take the back seat of our lives. We must speak up for the cause of Christ or the stones themselves will rise up and accomplish our task.

“Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.” Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Philosopher. (1861-1941)

“Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.” William Hazlitt, English writer(1778-1830)

“Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim