A day or so ago I was talking with my daughter Sarah about all the scariness going on, riots and violence.
I mentioned how a lot lately, I’ve noticed more verses in the bible about how God cares, and wants us to care, about the poor, widows, orphaned, the outsider. This morning our pastor Matt used the word marginalized.
James 5:4: Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
Isaiah 1: 17: Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
God hears their cries.
Matt gave an excellent example of this. As a parent, if one of my children was stung by a bee and cried out, I would hear and run to help him. Does that mean I don’t love my other children? Of course not.
But this hurt child cries out, and I hear and run to hold them. This is what God asks us to do as well.
Who are the hurt who are crying out right now in our world? African Americans, sick, unemployed, poor, immigrants, disabled? Yes, and more.
Read the gospels and take notice of the people Jesus stopped to talk with.
And as those who long to be more like Jesus, let’s weep with those who weep and speak for them and search for how we can help.
Romans 12:15: Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.