Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make Me a Blessing: Speaking Up for the Oppressed

"Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless; Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy."
      ~ Proverbs 31:8-9 (Amplified version)

One of the reasons we are left here on earth after becoming a part of God's kingdom is to be a blessing to others, which includes sharing God's love with a lost and dying world.  Previously, I've shared some ideas for ministering to the homeless and suggested some ways for feeding the hungry.  Another way we can be a blessing is by speaking up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.  Here are a couple examples:

1.  Stand up for Life

The first thing that comes to mind when I read the passage above is the plight of the unborn.  More than a million pre-born babies are being killed each year in America.  Obviously, the unborn are not able to speak up for themselves.  We must boldly take a stand for life!  This can be done in a plethora of ways.  We can donate money, supplies or time to our local crisis pregnancy center; we can donate to pro-life causes; we can support and vote for pro-life candidates at the local, state and national level.  We can also speak up for life in our churches and among our friends and acquaintances.  Recently, a friend of mine was the lone voice at a ladies Bible study speaking out for life, and discouraging a woman from having a D&C for a baby that was still alive, but "sure to have problems" according to her doctor.  That is scary!!!  Every woman in that Bible class should have been encouraging that precious mother to "choose life!"

I'm sure you've probably heard of Pam Tebow's amazing testimony by now, but if not, click here to read about how she was told to have an abortion when pregnant with Tim Tebow.  Thank God that she trusted God, instead of her doctor!!!

2.  Speak out for the Persecuted 

While Christians in America are living in comfort and peace, still enjoying the beautiful sunset of our diminishing freedom of religion, Christians in much of the world are being persecuted for their faith.  It is not easy or pleasant to educate ourselves on the reality of life for many Christians around the world, especially those who live in Mus*im countries.  However, we (I) need to quit sticking our heads in the sand, and begin to speak up for our persecuted brethren in other parts of the world.  America still has a great deal of influence in the world and if we make enough "noise," American leaders will put pressure on other nations to stop violating human and religious rights.  

I used to think our voice didn't make a difference, until I read God Knows My Size, by Romanian Christian, Silvia Tarniceriu and heard Silvia give her testimony!  She shares how American Christians jammed the phone lines of the Romanian Embassy back in the 1980's, demanding her release from prison.  She also shares how the tireless efforts of American Christians and their government representatives, including the human rights efforts of then President Ronald Reagan, were hugely instrumental in her eventually being allowed to leave Romania and come to enjoy religious freedom in America!!

Now we have a chance to speak out and make a difference in the life of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been convicted and sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ.  Read more about this situation and learn how you can make a difference by clicking here.

To learn more about persecuted Christians around the world, check out the Voice of the Martyrs website.

Will you purpose to boldly take a stand, even if it is unpopular or politically incorrect, to speak up for those who can't defend themselves and to seek justice for those who are oppressed??  If so, please leave me a comment letting me know. Let's encourage each other to boldly speak out on the issues of our day and to help those who are unable to defend themselves!!

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