We are all well aware of the drastic statistics related to young black men today and how these negative numbers increase when there is not a father in the home. We need to ask the question: What is being done to communicate what young black men need in order to succeed?
Discipleship is central here. God incarnated in Jesus Christ the perfect example of how to do this. Christ developed godly character in others. Developing godly character is our commission as well. We are called to be men who walk in the ways of God and exercise authority for the good of others. We are formed by what we believe and how we are anchored. We ought to be anchored in Christ, expressing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in honesty, truth, and respect.
I grew up without a father, but blessed me with a man of God who disciple me in my youth. I am ever so thankful for the time he spent casting dreams into my life that have come true today. I encourage older black men to take time and cast godly dreams into the lives of young black men. I know that these young black men can only arrive at their dreams as older black men care, love, and affirm the young ones in their personhood.
There are three core principles to build in the lives of young black men. First, each one should be encouraged to discover his special talents. God has created each man for a specific purpose and has equipped him with the tools and gifts he needs to accomplish that. Second, a strong vision must be cast to follow God’s will. A desire and vision must come from within, centered on Jesus Christ. The third principle deals with bearing suffering in our walks with Christ, there are many struggles and opportunities to “carry the cross” that we must be willing to embrace and endure to accomplish Jesus’ mission through our lives.
We have a holy heritage to uphold. In invite you to join me in laying godly tracks for generations of young black men to follow and walk in.
*Dr. Perkins is a leader, teacher, and author. As a reconciler and community transformer, he founded the Christian Community Development Association and leads the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development.
Reflection Points: the Character of God and Peoples
- He’s made us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27)
- He’s made people from all nations (Psalm 86:9)
- He’s the Redeemer of nations (Revelation 5:9)
- He’s the disciple of nations (Matthew 28:18-20)
- He’s worshipped by kings/nations (Revelation 21:22-26)
- He’s Messiah to the Jews (Luke 1:30-33)