Corruption in the world today has many faces; and it destroys individuals, institutions, and nations. It’s defined as misusing for private gain the power entrusted to us. Corruption in politics deprives us of our right to vote or justice in court. Corruption in business can deny a company of profits or impose unfair taxes; it can saddle the poor with inflated prices. Corruption in religious practices can deprive people of God’s truth—this has eternal consequences. We should never think God overlooks and will not judge corruption. The ancient prophet Micah, in chapter 3, spoke for God saying to leaders, “You are supposed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil.” “You hate justice and twist all that is right.” God said, “Do what is right, to love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Today as long ago, corruption grieves God. It stems from the excessive desires to satisfy our body, to acquire stuff, and to control others. God calls us to reject corruption, to accept His Son and find joy and success in doing His will.

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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