And Enoch walked with God...
Enoch lived an exemplary life that pleased God. At the end of his life, God simply "took him." He is known also because of the great deeds of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His son Methuselah is known as the oldest man who ever lived, at 969 years old. His great-grandson, Noah, built an ark that helped the world survive the great flood. His great-great-grandsons, Ham, Shem, and Japeth, were the progenitors of the major races of the world.
Enoch was a quiet man who demonstrated faith in his daily walk before his family. He spent his entire life communicating with God, talking with him, and learning about him. Enoch made the decision to follow God even though others around him were engaging in ungodliness. Because he talked with God on a daily basis and walked with him constantly, at the end of his life, God "took him."
His greatness is closely associated with his walk with God and the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All that they accomplished was a reflection of his life.
Enoch's task was not to build large boats to save the world from a flood or go into various parts of the world and populate them with diverse cultures. That was the job of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His task was to be a father who pleased God with his own life, teach that life to his children, and be an example to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When his job was complete on this earth, God "took him."
Walking with God in the midst of growing violence involves maintaining a strong faith, leading by example, actively engaging in community-building efforts, resisting negative influences, seeking divine guidance, promoting forgiveness, and cultivating support networks.
By doing so, African-American men can play a vital role in bringing about positive change and reducing violence in their communities while staying true to their spiritual values.