“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” — Proverbs 31:8
Imagine trying to make an important statement to someone only to realize that the person hasn’t been listening to a word you’re saying. Very frustrating, right? This is exactly what is happening to our world today. The minority of voices are crying out and instead of being an alley, we are getting offended and shutting these voices out. If the word of God teaches us to stand for truth and justice why aren’t we doing this?
The story of Esther is a perfect example hereof. When Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the king on behalf of her people (the Jews), she hesitated. She was scared considering that in those days, anyone who goes before the king without an invitation, was put to death. She feared for her life. Seeing that she was hesitant, Mordecai replied, “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:13-14).
After hearing this she stood up and proceeded to the king’s court with that “if I perish, I perish” attitude. She spoke up and the king canceled the edict ordering her people’s death.
BREAK THE SILENCE
This is the attitude we are called to have. Just like Esther, we have been raised up for such a time as this. To rise up courageously and speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, defending the voiceless and the oppressed. However in order to do so we must first listen. Don’t take it personally what is being said. Be an alley, listen and try to understand. Afterwards, make their voices heard by amplifying it. Because you can’t change something until you acknowledge it!
How are you being part of the change today?