by Kerry Shook

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Rosa Parks - The Conviction of One Life (4 of 4)
Series: One Life
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• John 4:9 (NIV)

• Esther 4:14 (NIV)


"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

• Matt. 7:24, 25 (NIV)


Sitting down and relaxing when you are tired of standing feels really good and some of you have been shopping all weekend and walking around the mall and it feels really good to sit down and relax because you are tired of standing. Sitting down and relaxing because you are tired of standing is really nice but I don't think of it as a world changing activity, but it was in 1955, and 1955 was an all American year. It was the year of butch wax hair, poodle skirts and hula hoops. You could rock around the clock and then drive your Chevy Bel-Air convertible right up to the drive in movie theater on a Saturday night. These were happy days and the happiest place on earth, Disneyland, first opened its doors in 1955. All the popular television shows of the day just showed how happy and beautiful and perfect everything was in America in 1955. One of the top shows was the Adventures of Ozzy and Harriet. The Nelson family was so perfect that Harriet would wash the dishes dressed to the hilt. I mean wearing high heels and a string of pearls just like my wife Chris when she washes the dishes. That was definitely an unreality show. Unreality shows were very popular back then because you could always count on father knowing best and you could always leave it to beaver. You know, that rebellious little troublemaker who would do horrible things like chew gum in school and lie but you could always rest assured by the end of the episode he would apologize to his parents and little Beaver Cleaver was perfect all over again. What was going on in the outside in America in 1955 really mirrored the popular television shows of the day. Perfect and beautiful. Everything was so nice but just underneath the surface there were some things that weren't so perfect. They were very disturbing and ugly. I mean there was so much right about America in 1955 but some things were terribly wrong. The biggest event of 1955 was a simple act of courage by one ordinary woman that really not many people were around to see but it started a ripple that created a tidal wave that changed this nation because on 12/01/1955, Rosa Parks sat down on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama after a long day of work and she was tired. As Rosa Parks sat there on that bus, a city bus in Montgomery, it went to a couple of more stops and then a white man boarded the bus and the bus driver looked back at Rosa Parks and said you need to stand up, walk to the back of the bus and give up your seat to this man for one reason only, the color of her skin.
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