Speak Up

from Lynda Lindsey

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. Psalms 72:12-14

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. That’s us. We have all gone astray. We are all lost. We cry out. God saves. But what about those who have no voice? Those who cannot cry out? The poor. The marginalized. Those lacking the very necessities of life. Those on the fringes of society. The mentally challenged. Those unable to speak for themselves. The unborn. We are the voice of those who have no voice. 

It’s not a comfortable calling. It’s messy. Society in every age has deemed certain groups to be unfit to be heard, to have rights. There’s a societal hierarchy of “appropriate” needs to be addressed. To go against society’s norms is messy. There’s disagreement and argument.  It’s loud. Uncomfortable. But Jesus didn’t come to make our life comfortable. He is righteous judge and advocate for all. He mandates we do the same for His beloved people.  

Seek justice. Uphold the cause of the poor, the weak, the fatherless, the oppressed. Rescue the needy. Be generous. Clothe. Feed. Give. Serve. Pray. Show kindness. Love not just with words but by deeds. Give generously to those who can never repay. Indifference is sin. Speak up.