Where Do You Stand?

I am becoming irritated, perhaps even angry. I hope you’ll permit me to vent today. Of course, you can vent back.

The focus of my ire? Those who have health insurance, jobs, homes, maybe even a second home, not to mention several cars, and possibly even country club membership, or even full citizenship–but claim society has no obligation to help those who don’t. I call them paragons of privilege.

In response, I am going to do what Glenn Beck considers unpardonable. I am going to be a preacher who quotes the Bible in support of social justice.

In the Bible, the scales tip toward the poor and oppressed

“Let justice roll down like waters.” (Amos 5:24)  “You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice . . . Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.” (Deuteronomy 24:17-18) “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matthew 25:45)

If you’d like more of the verses, several thousand by most counts, in the Bible about social justice and welfare, check out the books of the prophets–Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Micah are good places to start–and the ministry of Jesus (any of the four gospels can help).

God has a pretty good blueprint for creating a world of bounty, grace, and justice–it calls us to stand with the oppressed, the widows, orphans, strangers and aliens–not against them. Where do you stand?