Remember The Titans --Let Them Never Forget...
In the popular movie, "Remember the Titans" most
of us most likely can recall our favorite scene.
Do you remember this one?
The first challenge of the coach was to get the
community to break up the racial divide and pull
together. So the head coach (played by Densel
Washington) decides to take his players away to
camp. Even with the change of environment racial
barriers still stood tall and tension were high.
After the first few days the coach noticed the
communication between the black and white players
had not improved in the least, matter of fact it
was getting worse. The players were not executing
their plays, mistakes were made purposely in order
to make others look bad and as a result fights
continually broke out. So here is what the coach
decided to do.
At lunch one day the coach pulled a particular big
fat happy go lucky lineman up to the front of the
lunchroom. This kid didn't care black, white,
purple, green, he just was happy to be there. The
coach asked him to tell the whole team ONE thing
about his roommate that he learned in the few days
they were there. This kid rattled on for what
seems an hour about his roommate. However, with no
surprise to the coach, when he asked all the other
players to do the same, none of them could mention
one thing about the other. How could they expect
to win souls (I mean games) if they didn't believe
in their cause and pull together as a team? So as
a result the coach made each player learn things
about one other between each practice session
until each player new something about all other
players. In short, if you recall the rest of the
movie, that exercise brought the team together and
not only inspired everyone, but also they went
undefeated that season. However, what if those
racial barriers had not been broken down how many
souls (I mean games) do you think the Titans would
have won that year? Would they have won even one
Is there any difference in winning games and
winning souls for Christ? Is there any difference
in the lack of communication that once paralyzed
the Titans and Christians today? Sometimes we just
going through the motions of going to church,
going to parties and not breaking down barriers?
And at the end of the day even years later do we
know any more about our friends? Can you count on
both of your hands the number of people you hang
with that you know things about them deeper than
just their name or social status?
The turning point in the last game of the season
came when the coach got angry and serious enough,
pulled is defensive players aside and said. "From
this moment forward I want you to let no one, I
mean no one get past you and make another yard.
Let them never forget the day they played the
From this moment forward, I challenge you to let
no one; I mean no one, get past you. Let them
never forget the day you loved someone enough to
find out more about them.
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