by Kerry Shook

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Rosa Parks Sits for What's Right - 1955 (2 of 5)
Series: Time Machine
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• John 4:9 (NIV)

• The Barrier of Backgrounds
• The Barrier of Stereotypes
• The Barrier of Sinfulness

• 2 Cor. 5:18 (NIV)


1. The Bridge of Forgiveness


How about this band taking us back to 1955. 1955 was an all-American year. It was the days of butch waxed hair, poodle skirts and hula hoops. You could rock around the clock and then drive your Chevy Bel-Air convertible with dual glass packs right up to the movie theatre drive-in on a Saturday night. These were happy days and the happiest place on earth - Disneyland first opened it's doors in 1955. The Mickey Mouse Club made its debut on ABC in 1955. The popular television shows of the day portrayed how perfect and happy and beautiful it was in America in 1955. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was one of the top shows. The Nelson family was so perfect that Harriet would wash the dishes dressed to the hilt in high heels wearing a string of pearls. It reminds me a lot of my wife Chris. Pretty much the same deal. In 1955, fathers always knew what was best, didn't they? Probably the most controversial show on television was Leave It To Beaver. As that rebellious little Beaver Cleaver might actually do something like - tell a lie or chew gum in school. But you could rest assured that by the end of the show he would always be apologizing to his parents. Yes, on the outside everything pretty much mirrored the popular television shows of the day. Happy, perfect, beautiful, but yet there was something underneath the surface that was very disturbing and ugly. So much about America in 1955 was right. There was so many great things about America in 1955. So many things were just right, yet there were some things that were terribly wrong. The event of 1955 was a simple act of courage by an ordinary woman that hardly anyone was present to see, but it started a ripple that turned into a tidal wave that changed this nation. It was December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama and she sat down after a long day of work. Soon the bus was full in the front and when a white man walked onto the bus at a bus stop, the drive looked at Rosa Parks, told her to stand up and give up her seat and walk to the back of the bus for one reason only - the color of her skin. But, folks, by this time Parks was tired of the treatment that she and other African Americans had received on a daily basis with racism and segregation in the Jim Crow laws of the day. So, Rosa Parks quietly and confidently remained in her seat. She sat down for what was right. The rest as they say is history. American History.
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