Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Saban's Pink Jacket

At the gym we attend there is a small room with massage chairs. You know the kind, you put in a token and the machine gives you a five minute "massage."  While I enjoy the massage, the television in that small room is always on and always on ESPN-U.  I have watched more college sports in the last couple months than perhaps in all my life.  I have watched women's softball, men's lacrosse and more recently part of the Alabama A-Day game.

While watching the scrimmage between Alabama players, I was intrigued at the pink jacket worn by Nick Saban.  At first I couldn't sort it out.  I thought perhaps it was for breast cancer awareness, but that is usually in October.  I thought perhaps the color on the television was off, but the crimson shirts were clearly crimson and the white ones clearly white.

Then I thought perhaps that Saban had struck the perfect sign of impartiality with his pink jacket.  For what do you get when you mix white and crimson?  Pink.  He could not favor the crimson players more than the white, or vice-versa.  

The Lord does not show partiality either.  The indwelling Holy Spirit in men meant that where there was once an enmity, there was now a family.  Barriers of race, culture, gender and age have been removed by the One who is our peace:

"For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;" (Ephesians 2:14.)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28.)

Strife and division are the products of our enemy, peace and unity the products of our Savior.  May we walk in such a way that all who encounter us recognize our "jacket" is one of impartiality.

*(Stopping in Huntsville for the Crimson Caravan tour, Saban met with reporters. When asked the origin of the jacket he replied, "Hey, Miss Terry does that," referencing his wife. "I just do what she tells me.")

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