The reason for the season
I WAS thinking about the story of the great American black athlete Jessie Owens the other day, which reminded me of the general public’s treatment of Jesus.
At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Jessie or “JC” as he was known at school, showed the world and Hitler what he was capable of by winning four gold medals.
Hitler had hoped the Olympics would showcase to the world the supremacy of his white athletes, but Owens’ achievements put a stop to that.
Jessie won the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4 x 100m events.
Following Owens’ return to the States, a dinner was put on in his honour.
But when he arrived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel for this reception, he was instructed to take the service lift rather than the normal guest lift, which was reserved for whites.
Owens was later to say, “Hitler didn’t snub me – it was FDR (Franklin D Roosevelt) who snubbed me”. It’s shocking to think how Owens was treated back in his native country. The hypocrisy of it all. A dinner put on in his honour and yet no real desire by the white people of that time to welcome him.
As I thought about that, another thought struck me. Many people do the same to another JC – Jesus Christ.
At this time of year, we get out the nativity scenes, and have a few services in his honour, we talk about his great accomplishments, but the majority don’t want to really associate with him.
As the old book says, “He came to that which was his own but his own did not receive him”. John 1.