“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter, when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear, then your righteousnesswill go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer, you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” Isaiah 58: 6-9
In the book The Just Church, Jim Martin the author is daring us to look for trouble. He says,
” Looking for trouble is about making the concrete decision to emerge from our isolation. It’s about deciding to peel back some of the layers of our insulation so that we begin to experience the world as it really is. Once we open the door to the reality and scope of injustice-related suffering in our world, our hearts will be plenty troubled.” Page 28
A few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I had dinner with the founders of Counsel for Secure Justice based in India. It was a lovely evening, eye opening and one that left me in tears for several days. Hearing of the devastating injustice in India broke my heart into tiny little pieces. I learned that child even from the age of one year old are being raped. I learned of the unjust Judicial system, and its broken parts that need desperate restoration.
My heart was shaken.
The past couple of years the Lord has been molding my heart, planting compassion so strong, that so often my reaction to injustice leaves me weak to my knees, causing a flood of tears to fall down my face, as i cringe at the brutality in our world. Most often during such moments, I can feel the Lord leading me into action. Stirring my heart into a path which so often is so lonely and scary, and yet a path where true purpose is found.
I fall down to my knees. Helpless. Powerless & hopeless.
There the Lord finds me. He restores my weakness into strength, and causes my powerless and hopeless heart to jump up in boldness and hope, as I then realize that this work is not my own. This work belongs to Him. He was first at the scene even before I was, and if ever I am to take this journey, I can only take it with Him by my side, with Him leading and directing my path.
All glory belongs to the Lord.
Where does justice begin you might ask? Justice begins at home. Justice begins with your neighbor. Justice begins within before it can reflect without.
Many think that justice is for a select group of individuals. While in fact justice is all our calling. We are all called to this fight for justice. The Lord is one who is so filled with passion for justice. He has called us to be each others keeper. To ache when our neighbor hurts, and to dare to take on our very own cross in quest for justice, freedom for all in need.
It’s easy to create a comfortable life for yourself and want nothing but to remain within that comfort. We all do that, but what life do we have if we never walk out of our comfort zone, and into a space of reality where we can truly see God in action. How will we ever know how powerful our God is. How mighty He is. I have realized that our Lord is not a God of comfort. He is so often found in the sticky, mind boggling areas of life. Those areas where many dare not go, and many dare not dream of. The dark, dangerous streets of Delhi, to the congested, polluted city of Nairobi. In places where darkness lives, the Lord lives too. The Lord reigns, and is seeking a group of fearless individuals to dare to trust in Him as he shepherds us down these dark scary streets of Delhi, to the busy congested streets of Nairobi.
The Lord lives in places of trouble.
40 milling children below the age of 15 suffer from abuse and neglect?
100 percent of cities with populations greater than or equal to 250,000 reported gang activity?
246 million children, one in every six children aged 5-17, are involved in child labor?
UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children under 18 are currently exploited in over thirty armed conflicts worldwide?
27 million people in the world today are caught in human trafficking and are enslaved?
Every year 600,000 to 800,000 are trafficked across international borders
We can all make a difference. There is something you can do to help combat injustices in your community. Everyday, I dare to ask God to open my eyes to injustice. To direct my paths, thoughts and lead me to a place where I am a blessing, as He is a blessing to me. My prayer for you is that you will dare to look for trouble. To walk outside your comfort zone, and dare instead to live a life of faith serving those in need, and vulnerable in your community. You can do it….
To learn more about injustice, organizations at work fighting for justice, what you can do to get involved, check out – A Dream 4 Justice
Have a blessed week,