Speak out on behalf of the voiceless,
and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.
Speak out in order to judge with righteousness
and to defend the needy and the poor. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Service to God includes advocacy on behalf of those on the margins: the voiceless, the poor, the widow, and the orphan. I do not doubt that you can bring others to mind who find themselves oppressed or marginalized. The Bible is clear: justice is found at the heart of God. Those who love God will do justice. And as we do justice among the voiceless and needy and vulnerable, we are changed.
Yet where to begin? Thomas A’Kempis, a medieval monk and devotional writer, advises us, “Do whatever lies in your power and God will assist your good intentions.” Do what you are able, with an attentive eye watching closely for the works and movement of God.
Jesus commanded us to provide food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, clothing for those who have none, and comfort for those in prison. Doing justice encompasses all these tasks, and also takes many other forms. Talk to a pastor or other church leader. Find ministries in your city that are conducting work you are passionate about. Take to the streets, and love.
May others see Christ in me as I work for what is right, speak up for those that are ignored, and advocate for the oppressed. Amen.