African Americans profess faith in God to a higher degree than most other ethnic groups in America. Research by George Barna and the Pew Research Center confirm that African Americans attend church, read their Bibles, and pray more often than other ethnic groups. Such practices point to their hunger for spirituality and God. While Jesus was on earth, He was amazed when He saw the faith of a Roman centurion. This Gentile asked Him to come heal His devoted servant. Jesus agreed to do it, but before He arrived, the humble centurion sent word to tell Jesus He need not enter His house. Jesus could speak the word from a distance and his servant would be healed. In Luke chapter 7, we read Jesus’ response: “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.” Turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!’” Sadly, in our day, there are many people who lack genuine faith in God—not only faith that God exists, but certainty that He will require each person to give account for the way we live on earth. They depend on God’s Son for salvation, survival, and guidance in our complex society. Each day they ask God to help them live and work in ways that please God.
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