“Let us examine together the Word of God, and then you will know what has moved me to sacrifice property and friendship, and home and reputation. With Christian patience and Christian love, give me your attention to the end of this letter, whilst I endeavor to show you that the Holy God disapproves American slavery.” –William Brisbane, Abolitionist
As I learn more about history, it always surprises me how much history repeats itself. As a Christian, who has adopted and fostered and has a multi racial family, it has surprised me how many people (some Christian) have thought I’m speaking up for things that aren’t actually a Christian’s concern.
While slavery isn’t the known social injustice in today’s time period, there are many other prevalent social injustices still evident. You may be someone who chooses to put your head in the sand and say “that’s just the way it is”. That doesn’t stop it from existing. People made excuses for slavery, but that didn’t make it right. If you are a Christian, especially, you have a duty to speak up for the marginalized and the down trodden.
For one, we have to be careful to try to not break our lives into “categories”. It’s a dangerous thing to say “God belongs in this part of my life but not that part of my life”. God is ruler of the world and that does not exclude the entirety of your life. Every single part of our life is meant to bring honor and glory to God, no area being excluded.
We also can see in the Bible that Jesus was very much involved in breaking social norms while he walked the earth. We see him giving respect to women (which wasn’t done often in those times). They were seen as people that didn’t really have a voice and should just do what they were told to do. He sat with “publicans, harlots, and sinners”. People complained when Jesus went to Zacchaeus’s house because they didn’t think he was worthy of entertaining the presence of Jesus.
We should be a voice for all injustices in the world (as they accord with the Bible). We need to not be so concerned with popularity, our reputation, or our own things when it comes to giving a voice to what is right. We need to believe that we are all part of one family and act as such.