I am a Christian and I try to practice my faith. I am not sure that I always succeed in meeting my own expectations let alone God’s expectations. Sometimes I fall and find it very difficult to stand up again without God’s help.
As a Christian I feel we have a duty to speak out about the situation we find the country in. I feel we have a duty to speak out about the epidemic of homelessness, I feel we have a duty to speak out about all those who live in vulnerable situations. I feel we have a duty to show compassion to those who lives are blighted by destructive addictions, in fact we have a duty to show compassion to the lost and the found. We have a duty to speak out when those who have temporal governance over us get it wrong.
Some people expect our silent acquiescence but if we are to be like Christ then we must not be silent we must speak out and be prepared to suffer the consequences. Jesus said that we are in the world but not of the world but that does not mean that we must live a hermit like existence.
If we do not shed a tear or feel any form of compassion for the poor, for the hungry, for the destitute, for the depressed, for the distressed, for the dispossessed and for all who are in difficult situations do we not fail the test set before us. Do we not fail the challenge. Christian men and women must be light in a dark world. Jesus commands us himself to live in the light lest the darkness will overcome us.
I don’t see many Church leaders speaking out in favour of the poor and that saddens me. Jesus predominantly mixed with those who lived on the lowest rungs of the ladder. He did not ignore the plight of the poor indeed he told the rich young ruler to give all his wealth away to the poor and to follow him. Sadly the rich young ruler looked all he had and could not give it up and his place in the Kingdom was forfeited. I say to those with wealth do you really need all of it, will it get you into the Kingdom any quicker than a poor person no it may not. I have seen so many poor who may not have great financial wealth but they have a wealth that you cannot count in monetary terms. They have a richness of spirit and perhaps that is the greatest wealth of all and sometimes they put the wealthiest of the wealthiest to shame.
Church leaders you know there is so much need, so much want, so much poverty, so much hungry, so much destitution, so much depression, so much vulnerability speak out stand up for the poor as Jesus stood up for the poor because if you do not you are failing Jesus. Set aside your splendid garments, your colourful robes of office and wear the garb of the poor and stand alongside the poor who are your brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
The 31st chapter of Proverbs tells us
Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!”
I do not think that I can put it any better