Book: Proverbs 31
“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.”
In the book of Philemon we read about the runaway slave Onesimus, who somehow meets up with Paul and comes to faith in Christ. It would seem that Onesimus spent some time with Paul, probably being discipled and then sent back to Philemon. Paul writes on Onesimus behalf encouraging Philemon to receive him back, not as a runaway slave but rather as a brother in Christ. Paul is speaking up for someone who would not have a voice unless someone stood up for him. Philemon needed to know that Onesimus had a life changing experience and now their relationship needed to change.
Another group of people that need people to speak up and stand up for them are children without parents and widows. James 1:27 says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” My parents took in many foster children who needed a loving place to stay for both the short term and the long term. It is interesting to note that they never went looking to be foster parents but rather as the Lord brought these children and youth upon their path they received them with open arms. It was not always easy for them to do this but they knew this is what God wanted them to do.
In our society today there are many people who struggle with mental health issues. There are times when these people need someone to come alongside them and support them in getting the help available to them. It is not easy for them to walk through the maze of bureaucracy that sometimes is required in the state they are in. There have been a few times that I have had to speak up for a couple of them before tribunals and government officials because they could not.
When you come across individuals who have been marginalized and cannot speak for themselves, it may be an opportunity that God is giving you to speak up for them and help them. You are then being a conduit of His love towards them. It is not always easy and often takes time but remember God will give you everything you need to fulfill what He has asked you to do.