Freedom crusader Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She taught school there before moving to Memphis, TN, where she began a newspaper to combat injustice. But when fanatics burned down her newspaper facilities, she moved to Chicago. She continued to use her education and journalism skills to fight injustice—despite the opposition she faced in Chicago. In some respects she was like the Apostle Paul. Having been personally commissioned by the Lord Jesus to take the Gospel to Gentiles, he ignored the opposition from those who tried to stop him. His enemies tracked him down from city to city, stirring up people to reject him and the message he preached. We read in Acts chapter 18, that in the city of Corinth, Paul “testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, ‘Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.’” Paul was persecuted because he insisted that Gentiles had equal access to the salvation Christ offered to the world. Today, God still counts on His people to declare the pure message of the Gospel—and, just as our Lord and the Apostle Paul did, we stand for justice and righteousness in our world.
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