There she was, obviously well-fed, wearing designer clothes, an expensive purse under one arm, a cell phone hanging out of her pocket, standing by her Mercedes, screaming about how she was “oppressed,” all the while being protected by a policeman in her vitriolic exercise of “free speech.”
I have to admit this thought entered my mind… She need to see and identify with someone who is truly “oppressed!” Believe me, there are silent multitudes today who are truly oppressed! They are not the screaming ones… They are locked up in filthy jails for simply following Jesus and sharing their witness, they live in rat infested shacks on dirty streets filled with sewage, they scrounge for food in the garbage cans of their oppressors, they are beaten bloody for not meeting their quota in a sweat shop, their young women are stolen and raped to satisfy the sexual desires of a pervert, they run for their lives with their infants every time another bomb goes off, and their oppressors chop off their head for refusing to pledge allegiance to a false God… Those are just some of the truly “oppressed!”
This morning I read a Psalm that declares there is hope for the oppressed! It offers praise to the One who proclaims Himself to be their Savior and defender! Here is what it says…
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High… The Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord! Tell among the peoples his deeds! For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted! … For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever! Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail! … O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men!” (from Psalm 9)
Oh, this morning I turned these words into my prayer for the truly “oppressed” in our world! And God helping me, I purpose to do what I can for them, pray for them daily, and support organizations and agencies that seek to meet their needs and defend their cause with integrity and faith!