Guest Author: Steve
Silence | In 1986, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, told U.S. News and World Report that “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference…because of indifference one dies before one actually dies” . This statement evokes an image of people watching injustice and doing nothing to stop it. We need not look very far today to find those who are destitute, needy or voiceless. In New York City alone, 1.6 million people—over one in five people—live below the Federal poverty line .
Speak | It is no surprise then that we find King Lemuel offer the wisdom that we should: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute … (and) defend the rights of the poor and needy” . Likewise, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness … blessed are the merciful … blessed are the peacemakers” . Blessed are those who speak for the voiceless and act on behalf of the needy and destitute. We need eyes that see injustice and hearts that are willing to act in the face of it. In this, we share in the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor … to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” .
Prayer | Lord, Thank you that you created us in your image such that each human is infinitely valuable. Clear our eyes that we may recognize injustice in its many forms. Embolden our hearts that we would speak on behalf of the voiceless and act on behalf of the weak. Help us never to be indifferent to sin in our lives or in our world. Amen.
 U.S. News and World Report, New York, Oct. 27, 1986 |  One of Five New York City Residents Living in Poverty, Sam Roberts, New York Times, 9/22/11 |  Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV |  Matthew 5:6-7,9 NIV |  Luke 4:18-19 ESV