Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV
When I was younger, I had a problem with judging homeless people. I thought they were all druggies and alcoholics and losers. I refused to give them money because I thought they would spend it on drugs or alcohol.
At 25, I moved to Juneau Alaska with 500 dollars. After two or three days of being homeless, I ended up broke and homeless and I ended up in a homeless shelter. Everything happens for a reason. God taught me so much in my 3 months of being homeless.
I realized that so many people were homeless because of bad luck. In reality, we are all just two paychecks away from being homeless. I met so many people just like me.
I will now give money to homeless people now if I can. If they spend it on drugs and alcohol, that is between them and God. I give because of my love for Jesus.
The point I am trying to make is that as Christians, we are called to love the poor and destitute. We are to speak up for the disenfranchised. We are to protect the vulnerable. Jesus did this and as followers of Christ, we are to do this as well.
This is a comprehensive call to us. It is a great reminder to us that our wealth and blessings and powers and rights are not ours alone. It is a blessing from God and it is to be used to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We are called to protect and defend those who cannot do it for themselves. Thanks be to God.
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