God’s heart/compassion is close to the oppressed. How do I know that? Its throughout the Bible, and so often as followers of Christ we neglect HIS heart, and neglect to do what HE has already told us He wants. Just a suggestion…but maybe we are at a loss for what HE wants, alittle too much of asking for our boundaries to be expanded, and not enough of working it out where we are..just my thought… In Exodus 22:21-27, not only is HIS heart with them, but a stern warning that they will cry out to HIM, and it will kindle HIS anger. I have heard the arguments about this scripture being only for Isreal. But are we not the spiritual seed of Abraham? (Galations 3:29) If that is not enough to assure you that we are to be about this work, take a look at Daniel 4:27, Daniel’s advice to King Neb…repent..and be kind to the oppressed. I know I know I know…still old testament and still not convinced that it has anything to do with today in this present age. Look at Matthew 25: 31-46. This passage of scripture always lights a fire under me. Sheep or goats?? that is what is the question. Below I have listed the scripture for all to read from the HCSB. We seriously want to be sheep and not goats. There has been much talk of “Doing Something”, and Mandy started it up on line, and got a bunch of people motivated…I don’t think God is merely asking us, ya know if ya have any extra time…I think HE is telling us..DO SOMETHING! THIS IS MY HEART! One more argument..”I don’t know anyone” my advice to you is..pray to meet someone who needs your help. Tam has a post up that encourages us to meet our neighbors, wonder what we will find right out our door?
21“You must not exploit a foreign resident or oppress him, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
22“You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. 23If you do mistreat them, they will no doubt cry to Me, and I will certainly hear their cry. 24My anger will burn, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.
25“If you lend money to My people—to the poor person among you, you must not be like a moneylender to him; you must not charge him interest.
26“If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset. 27For it is his only covering; it is the clothing for his body. What will he sleep in? And if he cries out to Me, I will listen because I am compassionate.
29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
Daniel 4: 27
27Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity.”
Matthew 25: 31-46
31“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
40“And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
42 For I was hungry
and you gave Me nothing to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger
and you didn’t take Me in;
I was naked
and you didn’t clothe Me,
sick and in prison
and you didn’t take care of Me.’
44“Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’
45“Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’
46“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”