Speaking Up For Those Who Can’t Speak Up For Themselves

Am I my brother’s keeper?”

That was Cain’s reply when God asked him where his brother, Abel was. God said to Cain, “The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.”

The fact is, that yes, we are our brother’s keeper. We are to help one another…we are to care for our fellow man.

Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

There are times when we are aware of someone who is hurting or has been hurt. Maybe someone has a need and we are aware of it. So, what do we do? Do we ignore it? In today’s world, someone may say, “That’s none of my concern.” Or, “I’m not getting involved in that.” But, as Christians, we have a responsibility to help our fellow man.

Think about those words…”Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

This doesn’t always mean literally speaking up. It means helping someone.

If we know someone has a need…we should try to help them…we should speak up for them.

James said, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

James 4:17

But speaking up means more that giving…it may mean speaking up for someone. There is an old saying that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I have experienced times when wrong was done because good men did nothing. They went with the crowd instead of speaking up.

Martin Niemoller was a Lutheran Pastor in Germany. In 1946 he wrote a poetic expression that spoke to the cowardice of German intellectuals and some Pastors who refused to speak up following the Nazi’s rise to power.

He wrote;

“First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left

To speak out for me.”

Is there someone you need to speak out for today?

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