Of the 4200 different religions in the world, Christianity is the largest with 2.5 billion people; Islam has 1.5 billion; Hinduism 1 billion, and Buddhism 500 million. Most of these religious groups have followers in our country. How should Christians treat them? Our constitution assures everyone the freedom to worship, including non-Christians. Yet followers of Christ must be careful lest our desire to tolerate other groups cause us to lose our own identity as believers in Jesus Christ. The writer of Psalm 48 rejoiced at the unique nature of God Almighty whom he regarded as creator and sustainer of the entire universe. He wrote, “O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth.” He rejoiced at God’s rule over his nation, but he also knew God’s absolute rule will one day extend the world over. Yes, today we respect the rights of others to worship as they please, but we also maintain our loyalty to Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches and we believe He is God’s unique Son and God has appointed Him to rule over the entire universe. When He returns, this truth will be known and accepted worldwide.

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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