We hold dear the freedom to speak, to assemble, and to worship. Sadly, these freedoms don’t exist today in some parts of the world. Neither did they exist years ago in the city of Babylon. Back then King Nebuchadnezzar had a different rule. We read in Daniel chapter 3 that he erected a gold statue, ninety feet tall and nine feet wide, on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then he ordered all the high officers, officials, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the provincial officials to come to the dedication of the statue. When all these officials arrived, a herald shouted out: “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Today, our freedoms to gather, to speak, and to worship are precious. We should guard them; but more than that, we should regularly gather to worship the Lord who makes them possible.

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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