“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.”
A fairly common topic of discussion in society today is that of “privilege.” The concept is that some people have privilege while others do not, meaning that the former have some sort of advantage over the latter. This can come in the form of race, wealth, education, and more. The phrase, “check your privilege,” has become a popular way of telling someone that their perception of a situation may be distorted by their advantage.
Interestingly enough, the Bible has something to add to this conversation. The command given is to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” It’s straightforward enough, but it really requires some introspection first. What is your privilege? Where do you have the ability to speak where others cannot. Where can your voice be heard louder than someone else’s? The answer to these questions may be in the context of racial oppression, social injustices, financial considerations, and much more. From national political issues to discussions in your local church, there are places and ways for you to speak up on behalf of the voiceless.
I challenge you today to think about the blessings God has given you. Think about the communities that he has placed you in. Try to figure out where you have influence, where you have a voice. Recognize the fact that God gave you that voice, he put you in that place, and he intends for you to use it for the glory of his Kingdom. He intends for you to use it to bring peace, mercy, and love. He intends for you to use it in support of equality, of justice, and of the gospel. You have not only been blessed with these opportunities but you have been charged with the responsibility to use them. The issues may be big or small, national or local, but there are always those among us whose voices are not heard. Find them, hear them, and use your own voice to amplify theirs.
I am so blessed, and I am grateful for everything you have given me. Help me to see where I have been given the opportunity to speak for the voiceless, and help me to seek out peace, justice, and mercy with the voice that you gave me.
In Jesus’ Name,