Southern Baptist Pastor and Preaching Professor, David Prince, Says Satan Is Pleased With the Michael Sam-Jackie Robinson Comparisons

Jackie Robinson in 1947 in his first visit to Wrigley Field. | Charles Gekler~ Sun-Times files
Jackie Robinson in 1947 in his first visit to Wrigley Field. | Charles Gekler~ Sun-Times files

A Southern Baptist pastor and seminary professor says Satan is pleased with comparisons being drawn between Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted by the NFL, and Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947.

Sam, former defensive end for the University of Missouri, was recently drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft. Upon learning in front of live cameras on ESPN that the St. Louis Rams had selected him as the 249th overall pick in the draft, Sam broke into tears and gave his boyfriend a kiss.

Robinson, subject of a 2013 biopic film titled “42” and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, became the first African-American major leaguer when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

David Prince, pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., said in a commentary posted on the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission website that while both Sam and Robinson are black athletes, the similarities end there.

Prince, a professor of Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., noted that while Robinson endured hatred and persecution because of the color of his skin, Sam is being celebrated for his “self-identification” as a homosexual.

“Robinson initially sought to avoid media attention that was not directly related to his baseball performance,” Prince said. “He was not simply trying to overcome unjust laws and practices. He was trying to change the mind and hearts of ordinary Americans who foolishly thought blacks did not possess the mental toughness and personal character to compete with whites in professional sports and other walks of life.”

Sam, on the other hand, who if he makes the team would become the first openly gay player in NFL history, faces a different environment than when Branch Rickey signed Robinson, Prince observed.

“The media has almost uniformly celebrated Sam’s announcement and immediately began hailing him a hero of Robinson proportions,” Prince said. “Robinson encountered death threats, threats of violence on the field, teammates who refused to play with him, opposing teams that threatened not to take the field against him.”

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
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