One pastor offers these guidelines for living out our faith daily. He says family is the starting point; it shapes values and teaches children to respect each other by what we say and do before them. We can pursue justice in the workplace, treating others with respect, using our abilities not only to make a living but to promote the common good. Owners and managers can pursue justice by paying living wages and showing respect to workers. As consumers, we can purchase goods and services that support justice. We strive to be good stewards of God’s material blessings. We stand against racism and we stand with those who are poor, helpless, and marginalized. Our political choices are not just what pleases us personally, but are shaped by our faith and the common good. When King David moved the Ark into the tent he had pitched for it, he regarded it not only as a central for worship but the centerpiece in the life of the nation. He realized God should be at the center of all of life, not just when people worship. 1 Chronicles 16, he led the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord—to invoke his blessings, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord.”  David invoked God’s blessings on his nation, realizing God should be at the center of all of their activities if people were to enjoy God’s blessings. As David did, we should regard Jesus Christ as the center of our daily life.

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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