"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." Prov. 31:8
Private morality really does matter. When people of influence are distracted by life-dominating sins, the people they could have helped will suffer. The Bible and history both show that when leaders are not on task, there will be injustice.
As Christians, we are all leaders and people of influence. So what should we do? We must "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." We must be a voice for the voiceless. The greatest tragedy for those in dire need is that they have no one who will stand up and speak out for them.
The unborn cannot speak up for themselves. If we don't, who will? Most prisoners and ex-offenders are not allowed to vote. They have no voice in our system, though we expect them to act like responsible citizens. The hungry and homeless need someone to speak up for them so that they may have shelter, food, and job training. Speaking up means defending the rights of people who are at risk.
When we were dead in our sins, poor and needy, with no way to voice the cry of our hearts, Jesus came. He died, rose again, and ascended to heaven to be our advocate before the Father's throne. He pleads our cause even today, based on his sacrifice for us. And he calls us to plead the cause of people in need.
Jesus, thank you for being a voice of influence for us before the Father. For your sake, may we speak up for those in need so that they can know you love them too. Amen.
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