Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy. ~Proverbs 31:8-9 HCSB
- Deprived of possession.
- Spiritually impoverished or alienated.
So what are Christians to do about people who are invisible to society, physically or spiritually homeless, or deprived of their security? Speak up for them, the scripture says. But why? And how?
Verse 8 seems to imply that being dispossessed is an injustice in itself. That may well be the case with physical belongings. Te Bible is filled with many admonitions to care for the poor and needy, and many Christians have accomplished amazing things in their pursuits to aid the poor.
But what of those who suffer spiritual poverty? Consider how 2 Corinthians 8:9 speaks to this issue:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Jesus himself, through his death on the cross, provides the answer. The riches of his kingdom are available to anyone who is presently lacking in spiritual wealth. How will people learn that this immeasurably valuable gift can be theirs?
Romans 10:14-15 offers this insight:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
So speaking up and judging righteously may mean telling a spiritually impoverished person about the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Have you ever shared your faith with another person? What might prevent you from doing that today?