Matthew 11:1-19; Leviticus 11-12; Proverbs 24
When does our faith get real? When do we pass the test? In truth, our faith is tested every day and no one scores a hundred. That is why we need the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. We live in a world where people are oppressed because of their faith, economic status or skin color; we can’t solve all the problems so we subtly turn away and don’t see what’s happening. We live in a country where innocents can be killed on the altar of choice and we’ve become so accustomed to it that we are no longer outraged. We see people headed into spiritual oblivion and fail to take steps to show them of the love and mercy of Christ. Proverbs reminds us of our obligation: “Rescue those being taken off to death; and from those staggering to the slaughter, don’t hold back.” (Proverbs 24:11) We are outraged when ISIS sells women and children as slaves and yet our greatest cultural events have a dark undercurrent of slavery hidden from the view of most. God calls us to be rescuers. Can we rescue every victim? Can we rescue every victim of official and unofficial oppression? No. We can start, though, by being aware and working to stop these acts when we see them. Our actions will bring about ridicule and persecution, as well they might when we seek to work against the culture. Accept it as a badge of honor from God, for so they persecuted the prophets before you. Today, go in the grace and mercy of Christ with your eyes open and be ready to speak out and act as His hands and feet.
Lord, the oppression in our world is so great and I have lived in my own little world. Cure me of my ignorance and open my eyes. Let me see the wrong that I need to speak out against. Give me Your strength to be one of millions who will work to rescue those being taken off to death.