Taking a stand

20 May 2014

I read somewhere that Martin Luther King once wrote that in the face of racial injustice, the greatest enemies were in fact the general public who didn’t bother to take a stand for something. They just watched as injustice continued before their eyes and even if they disagreed with it, they chose to be silent about it.

In Hong Kong we have may voices and many protests over many different issues. We are not short of protests and rallies. Occupy Central began as a protest against the injustice of the financial system and evolved to be about universal suffrage.

I for one am not keen on protesting about anything and sometimes wish people could just live peacefully and get along quietly. But i think this kind of mindset needs further work. We know that God doesn’t like lukewarm Christians. And if there is injustice before our eyes, i don’t think God wants us to simply ignore it and hope someone else will fix it. We cannot fix everything and we will still live in a broken world. But no having a view on injustice or not having anything to do with fighting it today is something i can imagine a lukewarm Christian being.

This is not to say i am about to take to the streets in protests, but i am saying that there is a kind of merit and applause i must give to those who do. At least they are standing up for something. At least they are doing what they can to fight for an injustice to them. Jesus spoke out many times against the Pharisees and called them sons of the devil! Jesus made a whip out of cords and chased the money lenders and traders out of the temple. Paul was one of the greatest persecutors of the Christian faith before he was converted. He would be one of those today running mad and shouting slogans, appearing on front page news and being a hardline persecutor. But God used that zeal and willingness to turn it into one of the great Christian testimonies.  Perhaps there is something i need to learn from all this.

Father Lord, i pray that i will not just be a bystander to injustice and will take a stand and act against at least one form of injustice today. Let me be motivated into action out of a sense of duty and love. Let your righteousness motivate me further and propel me into action.

Isaiah 58: 6-9 “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? 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? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousnessa will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

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