One report said during Hurricane Katrina, a black Labrador dog saw a man struggling in the floodwater. The dog grabbed the man and dragged him to a safe location, staying calm until rescue teams came to save her and the man. Stories like these are why some say dogs are our best friends. Yet there is a much higher level of loyalty humans can show, not only to each other, but also to our Lord. In fact, Jesus alerted his followers that coming difficulties would test their loyalty to Him. We read in Matthew Chapter 10 that Jesus said the time would come when persecution would cause even brothers to betray brothers.  While in our land we seldom suffer persecution for our faith, still some suffer the injustice of racism and bigotry. Sadly, even some professing Christians condone such injustice. May God give true followers of Christ the courage to stand firm against injustice of all sorts. May we be firmly committed to the love ethic Jesus taught us. May we as the Body of Christ be a voice for all who hurt and be a haven for those who suffer injustice in the outside world.

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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