There are areas of concern, however, that I wish to highlight as unfinished items for the Black witnessing community. They are:
- Continue the deepening of faith in the redeeming, freeing and revolutionary nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Continue a commitment to justice and liberation issues as a basis for fidelity to the message of Jesus Christ.
- Create a new environment that is humane and just, rather than rely upon the standards for conduct in a racist society.
- Preserve and develop a lifestyle among members that is based on spiritual values and not merely upon thoughtless adherence to the values of a materialistic society.
- Cultivate and develop deeper bonds within the Black Family. (There are indices suggesting disintegration of the Black family.)
- Provide new and selfless role models for Black youth that bespeak quality lives and lifestyles.
- Mobilize the educational institutions charged with promoting the Black Heritage.
- Continue the struggle, realizing with Frederick Douglass, “Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Costen, SR J.H. 1987. “From Strength to Strength: A Brief History of the Black Church in America.” The Costen Legacy: 1983-1997, pp. 46-47.