6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Sometimes as Christians we hide behind our holier-than-thou looks. We know how to say the right things, do the right things (at least when people are watching) and look holy. Here God challenges us on our piety and its need to be backed by a real, practical and effective concern for social justice. We can be stuck in our holy huddles that we often forget the community around us. Where there is injustice, it’s actually our job to bring justice, to ensure that every human being is awarded their right to basic human dignity and having their basic economic and social needs met.
Freedom from any form of opression (spiritual, psychological, emotional, physical, economical), food, clean water, shelter, clothing, basic education, health. Surely we have a responsibility to ensure that in the society around us, everyone can enjoy such basic benefits. What are you doing to serve the community and bless the poor? Is this a part of your daily concern? Or are you merely concerned about how you can get more and keep more for yourself? Ask God to break your heart with what breaks his and to give you a love for the poor that goes way beyond yourself.
I just came across an article titled: Zimbabwe now a factory for poverty. I simply will not settle for that!