>”The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”
“The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”
“The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.”
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
I quote all of these verses to show one thing: God cares deeply for those who are oppressed, abused, and exploited. Jesus taught this principle as the first “Beatitude” when He said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Those who have absolutely nothing, who are destitute and abandoned. Those who have no hope and who cry out for God’s rescue. Those are the ones whom God loves most. He restores pitiful wretches so that “what is weak in the world” may “shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
This flies in the face of the Darwinian understanding of “natural selection.” Now, on some level, I do believe that natural selection is true. The weak do die off if they are not cared for. But, God does not hold the view that we should simply let the weak dissipate because they are a nuisance and a burden. Instead, He implores us to care for them. And He, Himself, promises to take care of them! Read the above verses for proof of that.
Brothers and sisters, we are all weak, blind, naked, and poor (Rev. 3:17). Yet, God has loved us so much that He restores us in Christ. Even when we were unable to help ourselves, He helped us. And our newfound responsibility is to go and do likewise to others. When we do, we will reveal the character and the glory of God! God Almighty personally cares for the widows, orphans, poor, sick, and crippled. When we act like Him, we reveal to the world who He is. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
I pray that the Spirit would convict us to be mindful of the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the marginalized, the widows, and the orphans that are among us. May God grant them grace, truth, and love through His church.