Since 1909, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP] has been working to end racial bias–in the criminal justice system; to protect voting rights for African Americans; to increase fairness in wages for all Americans, and to remove racial barriers to educational opportunities. The struggle for racial justice has been long and difficult, and some today are tempted to give up the struggle. But others find encouragement in the words of Jesus to His disciples. In Luke 18, Jesus urged His disciples and us to persist in pleading to God for justice, even though the struggle is long and at times seems fruitless. He tells about the widow that kept coming to an unjust judge pleading for justice. The judge finally yielded to her pleading lest she wear him out. The strong point Jesus made is that persistence before Almighty God pays, especially so knowing He cares far more than any unjust judge. Jesus then asked a critical question: “When the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on earth who have faith?” or who are faithful. Followers of Christ are to faithfully live for Him, proclaim the Good News, love one another, and work to see justice in our 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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