A bit of a riddle for you. What do you get when you put Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Niemoller (a Protestant Pastor during WWII) and Psalm 103:6 together?
Let’s take a look at a few things that each of them said:
Robert F. Kennedy – “Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man (or one woman) can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills- against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence… It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.” Summarized – even one person can make a difference.
Martin Niemoller –
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Summarized – if you don’t speak up and attempt to help those who are oppressed, then there won’t be people attempting to help you when you are in need.
Psalm 103:6 – “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all of the oppressed.”
So when you take all of those together, what does it say?
- God will work righteousness and justice for the oppressed. Not maybe, not “if he feels like it,” He will. It’s a promise. Now it’s a promise that doesn’t have a timeline and doesn’t say when, but it is a promise.
- Every individual act that someone can do against the ills of this world – against the evil and against the injustice that the oppressed feel.
- If we are too comfortable (and first world church, I mean all of us) and aren’t willing to be uncomfortable and fight for those who are oppressed, then if we are hurt, struggling or in need of help, don’t expect help from others.
And here, to me, is the bottom line. How does God work righteousness for the oppressed? Does He wave a magic wand?
No – He uses His People. He uses us. In big ways, in small ways. Together and individually.
That’s what The Vulnerable Project is about. Helping the vulnerable and the oppressed. In small ways, in big ways, together and separate. Everyone can make a difference.
Stay tuned, I hope you’ll join us……