Who are these people? The giants of history from the bible?, people like Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King? Yes! But, also children, men and women, ordinary people (like you and i) made into extraordinary people through Christ's courage and His Holy Spirit. People who did extraordinary things, for others. People who stood up, spoke up and took action to bring about needed change.
A compatriot is 'a person from one's own country' and that is what we are when we choose God. We are representing His heavenly Kingdom here on earth while we wait for His return. He is depending on us ordinary people, His army, to fight injustice, challenge inequality, correct the wrongs and right the bad. We are not alone nor do this in our own strength. He gives His to us to say and do these things. To overcome weariness, shyness, acceptance, difficult circumstances, the norm and speak up, write those letters. Free voice. Free will. Speak up too for those with no voice. Those who are not being listened to.
So many brave accounts and one recently from a Priest in Scotland who courageously contacted the press to confirm the countless stories we already know of the problems in the catholic church. They are of sexual sin towards children and Priest toward Priest. The root cause is that the vatican has continued the ancient law that Priests should not marry resulting in this continuation of harassment and abuse. I can find no scripture to validate this because there is none. Nowhere in the Bible does it say this. I do hope changes are made because this cannot continue. It is wrong. It is against judicial law and God's law to abuse and harm others. It is unnecessary suffering. It would be courageous to tackle the root problem. Now.
On a personal level, God has sent me many courageous men and women who did remarkable things to help ME!. One, Jean B who I thank God for. Another in my family, my grand-mother, Isabella.
Saved at 13 she served the Lord until she was called home at 83. A woman who never as they say had her sorrows to seek but she always sought her personal Saviour. I have in my hand a treasure. Her hymn book 'Redemption Songs'. I have in my heart her legacy of example and prayer for me and her family and God has certainly honoured her faithfulness to this day, 17 years since her death.
One of her favourite hymns was 'What A Friend We Have in Jesus' It sings of the privilege of Him taking our sorrows, sins and griefs in our prayers. It mentions the peace to be gained from sharing things with Him. Discusses trials and temptations and tells us we have one so truly faithful that He shares our cares and takes our cares too. It boasts of His strength, care and protection....when we take it to the Lord in prayer. And, as it is written in John 17;17 'Your word is truth'. Hallelujah.
Another great figure to me is the American preacher and author, Joyce Meyer. A woman with a troubled past who overcame it with the Lord and now shares and encourages and inspires others through her sermons and well documented books. One of her books 'It's All In the Mind' tells us that it is all in Christ's mind that
therein lies our strength for the here and now. The human mind is powerful , but Gods is all powerful.
Father, help us now to draw strength and direction from You and Your word. Show us through Your Spirit how to align our thoughts and will with Christs. Give us courage to speak up and not accept the things that look as if they can't be changed. Help us stand up for others who are living in loss, in prejudice, in injustice and going without because of the actions of the few. Show them Your truth, Your light and Your way and give them the courage to change now. Thank you. Amen.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion