This chapter use to really piss me off. I felt pigeon-holed and crammed into a box I didn’t feel like I fit into. Like we often say around here, Scripture can take a beating. It holds up. You can use it as a punching bag for your hurt and pain inflicted by the church or men or God, etc, and it will still be holy, true and perfect. It’s alive and will work to reconcile you with God; it will smooth over your wounds like a soothing balm.
(I still remember a conversation I had with a friend over ten years ago about this chapter. His words redeemed it greatly for me and allowed me to see it with fresh eyes. Our relationship with the Bible is just that, a relationship. It will grow and change!)
I love what Beth wrote about verses 10-31 and encourage you to revisit it.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” 31:8-9
We are commanded to speak up. Don’t feel bogged down by this; not everyone is going to MLK Jr. But be praying about what portion of advocacy you can take on. There are many ways, big and small, to work for justice.
Vote well. Shut down racist or misogynist remarks immediately. Give away more of your money to people who need it, or to the people who are helping those in need. If you are pro-life, speak up for all forms of life who can’t defend themselves, whether they’re in the womb or out.
Take time today to pray about how you can get involved.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead