Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Dying For Justice
Deuteronomy 24:14-22
You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you from there.(Deut 24:18)
When Presbyterian clergyman Elijah Lovejoy (1802–1837) left the pulpit, he returned to the printing presses in order to reach more people. After witnessing a lynching, Lovejoy committed to fighting the injustice of slavery. His life was threatened by hateful mobs, but this did not stop him: “If by compromise is meant that I should cease from my duty, I cannot make it. I fear God more than I fear man. Crush me if you will, but I shall die at my post.” Four days after these words, he was killed at the hands of another angry mob.
Concern about justice for the oppressed is evident throughout Scripture. It was especially clear when God established the rules for His covenant people after they were released from Egyptian bondage (Deut. 24:18-22). Moses emphasized concern for the underprivileged (Ex. 22:22-27; 23:6-9; Lev. 19:9-10). Repeatedly, the Israelites were reminded that they had been slaves in Egypt and should deal justly with the underprivileged in their community. They were to love strangers (“aliens”) because God loves them, and the Israelites had themselves been aliens in Egypt (Ex. 23:9; Lev. 19:34; Deut. 10:17-19).
God desires that His people affirm the supreme worth of every individual by fighting against injustice.
Open my eyes, Lord, to people around me, help me to see them as
You do above; give me the wisdom and strength to take action so
others may see the depth of Your love. Amen.

Learn to love and be compassionate to the people around just as Jesus taught.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church