Our society is so fractured that we often hear the advice that for the sake of peace and unity, we should “go along to get along.” Sometimes that advice may have merit. But other times, going along can signal a crucial compromise. Followers of Christ rely on Him and God’s Word for guidance. Jesus alerted us that loyalty to Him will sometimes cause breaks in our relations with others. He charges us to give Him first place in our priorities. We read in Matthew chapter 10, “If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it, but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Of course this does not mean we break fellowship with others over every trivial issue. But on crucial issues such as the identity and character of Jesus Christ, we can be steadfast. Not only did Jesus declare Himself to be the only way to God, the truth, and the source of eternal life, He died and rose again to confirm His identity as God’s Son. Since acceptance or rejection of Him means the difference between eternal life and eternal death, compromising this truth has unspeakable consequences.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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