“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” –Proverbs 27:17
In 1947, a momentous event in baseball and American history occurred on the field. Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, faced immense prejudice. During a game filled with racial taunts, his teammate Pee Wee Reese, a respected white player, made a significant gesture. He walked over to Robinson and put his arm around him, showing solidarity in front of a hostile crowd. This act of support was more than just a teammate standing up for another; it was an emblem of true friendship and allyship in a time of adversity.
This act mirrors the wisdom of Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Reese’s gesture of putting his arm around Robinson was a demonstration of being an armor-bearer in friendship. It wasn’t just about protecting Robinson but also about publicly affirming his worth and right to be part of the team.
In our journey of faith, we are called to similar acts of armor-bearing. It’s about standing alongside our friends, particularly in their struggles, upholding them when they are weary, and facing adversities with them. Such actions of support and solidarity are powerful. They transcend the superficiality of casual acquaintances and enter into a realm of deeper commitment and support.
In a world where relationships can be superficial and fleeting, the call to be an armor-bearer for one another stands out as a beacon of true Christian fellowship. It challenges us to be more than just casual acquaintances, inviting us into a deeper level of commitment, vulnerability, and support.
- How can I show genuine support and solidarity to my friends, especially in their times of struggle?
- What lessons can I learn from the friendship between Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson?
- How can I be an armor-bearer in my community and circles of influence?
Heavenly Father, inspire me to be a true armor-bearer for my friends and those around me. Just like Pee Wee Reese stood with Jackie Robinson, help me to stand with those who face challenges and adversities. Grant me the courage to support and affirm others, fostering relationships that go beyond the surface to reflect Your love and compassion. In Jesus’ name, Amen.