With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” (Psalm 35:10)
Relate: Earlier today a friend posted something up on my facebook wall. I am posting the video here, but please make sure there are no children nearby before watching this. It is footage of a Palestinian girl who was shot by Israeli soldiers and then left to die on the street without medical aid.
Along with the video this friend, who is not a Christian, posted this comment: “Once again, I hope you and your friends will pray to your God to free the Palestinians from the nasty, cruel behaviour of your God’s chosen people.” While I would in no way equate the Israelis now with the Hebrew people of Biblical times as “God’s chosen people”, he is right that I should be and will be praying for those innocent civilians, Israeli and Palestinian who are caught between the Israeli soldier/terrorists and the Hamas resistance/terrorists. In the same way I continue to pray for those trapped between the Turkish forces and the PKK and the same way I continue to pray for those trapped between the butcher Assad and ISIS. Injustice is injustice wherever it rears its ugly head.
React: When speaking and writing specifically regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, I often have to be wary of looking for purely political solutions. I just get so angry sometimes with how the west continues to lock its doors while giving minimal lip service sympathy for their plight. I get frustrated when I hear things like how various European nations have pledged to give Turkey 3 billion for the refugees on the condition that Turkey continues to keep those doors into the rest of Europe closed. I want so badly to be able to convince those leaders that it is in their best interests to open wide those doors.
Ultimately, the solution won’t be found through convincing arguments. The solution will come when those European and American leaders come to know our God and begin making their policies under the Biblical principles of loving and caring for the poor and helpless. Ultimately the situation back in these hotbeds of war and violence won’t be found through diplomatic negotiations. No new borders or compromises will solve the situation between Israel and Palestine. No bombs or military strikes will end the rampant destruction Bashar Assad and ISIS are making of what was once the birthplace of the first missionary movement. The harvest is there but the laborers…
Where are they?
I ask for laborers. I ask that You would raise up an army of loving servants who would put aside their comfortable complacency and surrender themselves to You. I ask for hundreds… thousands who would take up the standard and go into Palestine, and Syria, and those places in this world that are so desperate to hear Your truth and break free from the violence and oppression they seem to be facing on every side. I pray that none of us would rest content until Your glory has broken every bond of oppression and injustice.