Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Year's Resolution

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82.3-4).

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for the Maker, but whoever is kind honors God (Proverbs 14.31).

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1.27).

Seems like a unified theme: God's eternal concern for those most in need in society, namely, the poor and those without the stability and provision of family. Let's find in these statements from Scripture a call to action in 2009. Let us all be more socially conscious and committed to addressing the plight of the disadvantaged and using our immense wealth to help those in need.