Today’s blog post is by Monica Hidalgo, Traditional Worship Director…
I remember saying those words when I saw her being made fun of and ridiculed at youth group. I saw that she was kind of weird; her style of clothing, a bit socially awkward, and trying really hard to be liked. She defended herself against them. But, I could see her starting to crumble. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I wanted to stand up for her. But, I was afraid I would be ousted from the “in” crowd, since I had worked really hard at being liked myself.
I built up the courage and, just before she burst in to tears, I said, “Leave her alone!” I put my arm around her and took her away from them. Surprisingly, they left her alone after this. We actually became great friends and that friendship still continues today. She often talks about how I was her only friend and thanks me for loving her in all of her “weirdness.”
At the time I honestly didn’t know that I was making a difference – I just couldn’t see her being mistreated. I loved and accepted her for who she was. I was always taught to treat others with kindness and to help those in need. I am so grateful for the godly examples I had in my family, that taught selflessness and love for others.
Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV remind us: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
King Lemuel’s mother spoke wise words to teach a King how to look out for his people and to protect those who could not protect themselves. She recognized how important it was for him to learn he should be in control, being careful of the company he kept and keeping his strength for the things that really mattered.
These words are not just for the King, but also for the reader. If we don’t take responsibility for speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, then who will? We should work towards being a strength to our family, our friends, and to those who are in need. Our God is very concerned for the needs of those who don’t have as much as we do. Often times in the Bible, God uses those who have much to give to those who have little.
As Christians, we aren’t removed from this obligation. Jesus was concerned for the orphan and the widow. They represented parts of society that were easy to forget. In a sense, they were a burden to everyone else. Jesus is showing us to be His hands and feet and bless people with His love and provision.
This is why we “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” We defend the defenseless not because it’s easy, simple, friendly, fun, or popular. Instead, we do it because we have been brought from darkness into light by the unrestrained grace of God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Who are the ones that need the most help today? Here are few: the elderly, the intellectually disabled, the foster child, the bullied, the addict, persons with mental health issues, the needy and the hungry. Please remember them, let’s find a way to make a difference and show the love and grace of Christ today.