Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. -Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
This verse from Isaiah is one of my favorites in the Old Testament because it is God telling us he cares about the broken, the unguarded, the vulnerable and the outcast and that believers need to stand up for them.
There’s a Latin phrase used in the English language called Quid pro Quo. It means “this for that”, “an exchange for services” or “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back.” It is largely how our American economy and the world’s economy is run. But what about God’s economy? What about those who can’t pay for our help or offer anything in exchange for our service?
Godly action is most visible in relation to those who cannot repay us in any way. You see, God’s love is self-denying and self-giving, and we witness that love most clearly when it is poured out on the marginalized and oppressed because they have nothing to give back.
I can’t think of a more oppressed group than children who are trafficked by wicked men who will face judgment someday for exploiting the “least of these.” These children desperately need our help now.
On August 29, 2020 we have an opportunity to stand with these trafficked children and defend them by walking the barefoot mile with Joy International, a group dedicated to fighting child trafficking locally and throughout the world. Join me at 8:30 AM in our lower parking lot where we will walk to Marshdale park and back.
When we get back from our barefoot mile walk, we will load up and go serve Evergreen in our churchwide service project pulling weeds, sweeping, and making our community more beautiful as God has made us more beautiful. Between the walk and service project, we will be spending about a half day in service this important day.
I’m looking forward to what God is going to do through us as we defend trafficked children and serve our community all in the same day. Many of our well-off neighbors could afford to pay for our clean-up services with a proper “quid pro quo” yet remain spiritually poor. Let’s display for them the riches of Jesus as we serve as his hands and feet! LET’S GO!
May the God of Justice lead you,
Director of Small Groups