For Liberty and Justice for All

Today, the United States celebrates Independence Day.  To remember our freedom, we will keep our neighbors up all night by the shooting of fireworks and eating plenty of BBQ.  For liberty and justice for all.

While I am thankful for the liberty and justice that the US provides, there is a higher justice for which all believers should strive.

Christians lock onto statistics. We share the statistics of unreached people groups, orphans or those enslaved when we try to create awareness or rally support, but statistics without faces rarely mobilize longterm support. When needs are in numbers, it is hard to gravitate people towards real change.

God cares for the needs of those who need to be evangelized, fed, adopted, or rescued, but He cares for each one by name.

It’s time to get specific today in order to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Take a moment and read Psalm 82:3-4.

3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

4 Rescue the poor and needy;
save them from the power of the wicked.”

In the middle of a worship song, God reminds His people to provide justice for those in need. He encourages believers to make right the tragic things of this world. He desires us to step into situations and do something about the unfortunate circumstances of others.

Honestly though, unless you have a name with a cause, you may be immobile to do anything about it. So, let’s get specific. In the spaces below, can you name  someone you know that could fit in each of these categories and write out one action step that you can do for each one in the coming days in order to provide justice?

Who is needy? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________

Who is fatherless? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________

Who is oppressed? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________

Who is destitute? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________

Who is poor? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________

Who is needy? ____________ What could you do for them? ____________