Every encounters evil that needs to be confronted and addressed. And generation needs strong men to rise up courageously against them. This generation for the sake of future generation needs you.
Our culture even many Christians in Zambia are slowly becoming numb to evils that twist and confuse our moral compasses. Men are tolerating more and more what God has said in His Word we should hate and despise. Not only are we failing to guard our hearts from moral filth and pollution, we are often entertained by the very things we should be regarding as wicked and shameful. For example the behave condoned in funerals whereby burial is done by thugs who are ever insulting, cursing and drinking. This has to be confronted by men and women of courage.
How can we impact our communities for Christ if we do not take time to really care about them? How can we hope to play a role in influencing our culture if we do not have time to notice and reach out to those who are suffering under its worst injustices?
The Scripture lays out three requirements that any man of resolution should take seriously to heart:
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
“To act justly” to deal fairly and honestly with others, to confront evil both in ourselves and our society, and to intervene on behalf of the weak, vulnerable, mistreated, and oppressed.
“To love mercy” to discern the physical and spiritual needs of others, and to represent the hands and the heart of Christ to people who desperately need help, compassion, and deliverance from evil and injustice.
“To walk humbly with your God” to live a selfless life before God, devoted to God and His word, exercising our faith and love in a way that actively, consistently honor Him and His lordship . Zambia can be a better place if Justice, Mercy and Humility is found in every men and women in our homes, schools, churches and government. Any time a man gets serious about loving God and loving his neighbor, it will always lead him out of his comfort zone and to a place where he must get his hands dirty confronting evil and bring about justice while extending mercy. These are things Jesus died for, and they are worth taking a personal stand for. They are the higher causes rooted in love that are worth a man’s sacrifice of money, convenience, popularity, anonymity, and even his so called personal rights and entitlements
Men and Women are wired by God to fight for what is right. Missionaries and evangelist like John Wesley actively opposed slavery. Charles Finney had a major role in the lives of many slaves while being criticized by fellow Christians because of his civil disobedience. D.L. Moody opened homes for Underprivileged girls, rescuing them from exploitation. CharlesSpurgeon built homes to help care for elderly women and rescue orphans from the streets of London. All of these were men who carried out the Great Commission for a living. But their evangelism was made most effective because they actually lived and practiced the gospel they preached.
As far back as Bible times, we see men taking hard stands for righteousness, truth, and justice.
The prophet Nathan courageously confronted King David about his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba.(2 Samuel 12:7-9)
Nehemiah spoke out against those who took financial advantage of others, who were forcing people into debt and slavery.(Nehemiah 5:6-13)
John the Baptist eventually lost his head for publicly condemning King Herod’s adultery and marriage to his own brother’s wife. (Mark 6:17-18)
When God’s temple was being compromised through corrupt profiteering, Jesus upended the moneychangers’ tables and drove them from the premises.(Mathew 21:12-13)
After martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses in response to widespread corruption in the church of his day, he was hauled before the religious leadership in 1521- as well as the Emperor himself, the highest civil authority- and was ordered to repudiate his “errors” Luther replied, “My conscience is captive to the word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.”
British parliamentarian William Wilberforce, shortly after his conversion to Christ in 1784, began his battle for the black man’s freedom. In the face of apathy, scorn, and strong-armed opposition from the slave industry, this one relentlessly kept reintroducing to parliament a motion for the abolition of slavery, vowing, “Never, never will I desist till we extinguish every trace of this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, looking back to the history of these enlightened times will scarce believe that it has been suffered to exist so long a disgrace and dishonor to this country.”
Martin Luther King Jr. saw social evils with unusual insight and faced them with uncommon courage. He was a strong warrior against racial discrimination in 1950s and 60s. resisting the calls of many to lead a violent, bloody resistance toward the bastions of societal injustice, he championed a stronger, silent form of retaliation based largely on Jesus’ teachings from the sermon on the Mount. Such passive , nonviolence rebellion shocked a nation’s prejudices by sheer numbers and stoic restraint. Many would be beaten and blooded for taking bold stands of defiance. King himself would be shot dead as the inspirational leader of the movement.But as he had boldly stated, “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question is it politic? Vanity ask the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, norpolitic, nor popular-but one must take it simply because it is right.”
History is filled with examples of those who stood against the tides of injustice and immorality. Men who courageously applied God’s word and His principles to situations where the creator’s purpose had been debased for personal gain or thirst for power and cruelty.
Zambia, our confrontation of evil and pursuit of justice should originate in our homes, churches, neighborhoods. Whether it’s teaching our older children not to belittle young ones, confronting an alcoholic relative who is been beating his wife, speaking up for coworker who is being trampled at work, or standing against unjust practice in our cities, we need to respectfully defend those within our reach who are being mistreated, taken advantage of, or led astry. Our elderly who have no strength to work, needs to be helped, cared for and loved.
Zambia , let us all love mercy. Helping the poor has always set Christians apart, showing the world that we operate on a radically different value system.
Sometimes it seems the Church’s highest value is what Francis Schaeffer called” personal peace and affluence.” We want to be rich, comfortable, and at ease. We want to be accepted. But again and again, God’s word exhorts us:
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hands of the wicked. (psalm 82:3-4)
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. (Isaiah 58:10)
It is time for Christians in Zambia to stand up and do what is right, regardless of the cost or the change of plans in our lifestyle. This does not mean feeling guilty that God has entrusted us with abundance. We should be grateful to Him for that. But we should also feel responsible to use the abundance He has given us to help the less fortunate around us.
Will our children and grandchildren see us fulfilling this part of resolution calling? We need to show them that true success, the real pursuit of true lovers of God is marked by extending that same love to the hurting, disenfranchised, lonely, and forgotten around us.
If nurses and doctors from Private clinics can reach out to offer free medical day to the people in the rural areas without any mean of medical care , Zambia would be better. If Police officers can offer their service using their own fuel reaching out to the poor in fear of crime.
If Lawyers could offer free legal aid to just one person in need of the voice .If teachers would dare to offer their services to the poor kids in unreached areas once in a while.,Zambia would be more better! If shop owners can just dress one child without any clothing plus feed him or her once in a while , then Zambia would be stepping towards fighting for justice.
May God bless you , even as you resolve to fight for Justice. Shalom for now!
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