Jack Alexander is the founder of a company called The Reimagine Group. One of his ambitions is to facilitate reconciliation among ethnic groups, especially between African American and Anglo American Christians. He hopes from his southern roots to foster dialogue that will help repair the damage to African Americans caused by 400 years of injustice and inequality. His quest is not unlike that of the Apostle Paul whom Christ called to help bridge the gap between Jews and Gentiles in the first century. Despite persecution, Paul went from city to city in the Roman Empire, preaching the Good News to Jews and Gentiles, explaining that God accepts everyone on the same basis—faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. He wrote in 1 Thessalonians chapter 1 that their commitment to Christ was so strong their reputation had spread all over the region. “Wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.” Followers of Christ today must show by their love and actions the inclusive power of the Gospel. The time to do that is now.
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