Friday, August 13, 2010

Rebuke the Oppressor

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise . . .
Psalm 12:5

Recommended Reading
Zechariah 7:9-10

Oppression of the weak is common in third-world countries, and entire organizations have been formed in an effort to combat this problem. They realize that this abuse of power will continue and worsen if nothing is done, so they gather legal professionals, law enforcement agents, and social workers to do what the Word of God tells us to do. They open their mouth for the speechless and plead the cause of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).

In one instance, eighty-three men, women, and children were released from forced slavery. After being granted their freedom, one woman said "My life has two parts: one that I lived as a slave, and one that I live now—free."* This woman and her family had endured beatings, deception, and oppression; but because of the men and women who chose to "rebuke the oppressor," she and her family are now able to live freely (Isaiah 1:17).

Christians, we have been commissioned by God to show compassion to those in need, stand up against injustice, and plead the case of the innocent. Whether it's through prayer, financial giving, or actively serving, we can all get involved. Ask God to show you your part in the fight against oppression, and begin today to make a difference.

Oppression can only survive through silence.

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