Labor unions began in Europe and spread to the United States. Their purpose is to improve wages, better hours and working conditions. Unions have been a bane and a blessing for African Americans. Some workers welcome them. Others have shunned them, fearful that they would take jobs away from the majority. Years ago, God gave instructions to Moses on how to construct and erect the worship center. The Tabernacle and its equipment required specific materials and design. We read in the latter part of Exodus how God gave unique abilities to chosen men to oversee the work. They, in turn, recruited other persons to assist them in building the worship center exactly as God had commanded Moses. It is interesting to note that Moses invited every gifted person to participate in the building project. It is sad that today because of discrimination, some people do not have the privilege of using their abilities to perform meaningful and gainful employment. By eliminating discrimination, gifted people will not be left out of gainful employment because of their ethnicity. Followers of Christ should work for justice in employment.

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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