Often the Bible takes time and talks about the oppressed and how what we should do. Yet, we ignore the call or use an excuse to avoid our call. What is the call? Let's turn to Proverbs 31:8-9 which says,
"Speak up for those who have no voice,
for the justice of all who are dispossessed.
Speak up, judge righteously,
and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy."
We are called to speak out when we see injustice. We are called to be a voice for those who no longer have one. We are called to defend the oppressed.
For some of us, we devote our lives to the cause. For others, we sit back in silence and give the platform to "someone they want to hear from". That's not our call, our call is to speak. Right now, anyone with a voice should be saying the same thing "Black Lives Matter". If you have an issue with that go read the article from last week titled "White Privilege" and then read the rest of this post.
There has been a lot of confusion this week. The protests began, they were peaceful and were there to start a conversation of change. Then came the riots, the destruction, the fires, the violence. What happened? People who saw an "opportunity" stepped up and advocated for violence. They brought bricks, hammers, weapons, and chaos. There was no more peace, just chaos. But why? To shift focus. Some people now see those standing up for the black community as responsible for the violence and that is simply not true. The black community and those who stand with them came in peace. They want a revolution, but through words, not violence.
This is where we step in. As Christ-followers, we are to speak up. As believers of God, we are to be a voice for change. As people who believe in the idea of "Imago Dei" or "Image of God", we see the worth and value of EVERY life. So, it is time we stood up for the oppressed.
Racism runs rampant in our streets. It causes fear which leads some to do unspeakable evil. The time to call for a change is now. The time to define what injustice is and how to take the next step is now. Not with violence, but with words.
God, we love You. We know that You love us, regardless of who we are. You care so deeply You leave the 99 for the 1 who is in need. God, right now the 1 needs Your help. Give us the courage to stand up for the 1 who is in need, the one who is in danger. Give us powerful words that lead to change. Give us clear minds and pure intent as we move forward. Bring peace to this land. Give us rest from the chaos. Give justice to those who are crying out. We pray that You use us to make the necessary change. In Jesus' powerful and mighty name, Amen.
Below is a video with a more in-depth explanation and prayer.