You’ve probably already seen The Race (which was just released to video but has been in the theaters since February, 2016), but if you haven’t, consider it! The Race is a soul-stirring, well documented account of James Cleveland “Jessie” Owens, who’s ranked by ESPN as the sixth greatest athlete in North America during the twentieth century and the first in his field, which was track and field. In 1935, he set 3 world records and tied another at a Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has been since called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport.” During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Jesse Owens won four gold medals and was considered the greatest athlete at the games, clearly debunking Hitler’s arrogant myth about Aryan supremacy. (And, I might add, any spurious notions that Caucasians or Mongolians might cherish about their own supremacy as well). At any rate, I found the movie deeply moving. It makes me angry to see any race of people mistreated and demeaned, and I think there’s still a lot of prejudice in America based on unfounded pride and ignorant fear. God created all humans as equals. We’re all related! His desire is to see us all become united as one family, where God is our Father, and we are all brothers and sisters. May His kingdom come and His will be done!
“They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you? Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:5-7, ESV) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV) “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.“ (Ephesians 4: 4-6, ESV)
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.“ (Spoken by Jesus Christ in John 17:20-23, ESV)
(There is very objectionable profanity in the movie at times, but if you can forgive that, the message is great and needs to be heard.)
(All images are from the movie, The Race, except for the 2 black and white photos, which are from Wiki. The first B&W is in the public domain, but the second one is from Germany, taken during the 1936 Olympics, and needs to be attributed as follows: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R96374 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 )