June 11 – Speak

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” Proverbs 31:8 MSG

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a professional mixed-marital art fighting company featuring some of the best fighters in the world. My husband frequently tunes in, and if I’m being honest, sometimes I look away when things get pretty bloody. These fighters have spent many years in the ring devoting themselves to various forms of their sport. They fight other equally matched players in their division, and bring out carefully planned maneuvers to each competition. Actions that are quick and painful in order to be victorious.
As I don’t ever see myself in the ring anytime soon, I reflect on how our lives can be a fight. We try our best to prepare for what comes at us, but find ourselves in situations where we need to put up our fists. I don’t mean simply fighting for fighting’s sake, or empty-headed quarrels, but fighting for peace, fighting for change, fighting for resolve.

We fight for the best/happiness for our family members. We fight for the right outcomes in our work, our school work. We fight with God, why do I deserve this? We fight in prayer and petition for change. We hope for a peaceful life, but we know that isn’t our guarantee. We can guarantee grief, pain, frustration and on another level injustice.

Right now, it seems we can’t look anywhere without seeing a battle. Amongst the pavement of a global pandemic we find our eyes glued to the screen watching our world protest. We’re fighting to get through a pandemic, and we’re fighting for basic human rights. My peace maker self asks, do we have to fight?

Love alone is worth the fight – Jon Foreman

If justice is a form a love, then fight, with all you’ve got. If justice is what we’re lacking, then why are we standing still?

Clean living before God and justice with our neighbours mean far more to God than religious performance. – Proverbs 21:3 MSG

To fight is to love. It’s where your passions lie. It’s because you’ve chosen to care. It’s the passion that wells inside you that propels you to face that which has been laying dormant. Sometimes it’s easier to be stagnant. It’s easier not to show emotion. It’s easier to be silent. While I agree there’s a time to be silent, a time to listen. We pray for the discernment in our time, to do either.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? Martin Luther King Jr.

Speaking for those who have no voice, fighting for the generations coming up behind us, that is a fight worth fighting for. You’ve heard the saying, “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” This stresses the right words at the right time. Fighting in a time of darkness. How to we fight? With light.
Let’s remind ourselves.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

If justice can be love, then everyone should merit it. Regardless of how I look, act, or what I even deserve, the human being deserves justice.

God has always wanted the vulnerable in society to be cared for. He never intended for them to languish in poverty, abuse, slavery, homelessness, or other types of devastation. When we care for individuals who are trapped in these ways, when we show them love and help them move toward freedom and wholeness, we participate in bringing a little part of God’s Kingdom back into alignment with His greater plan. We do justice and God smiles.― John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win

There are countless people that have stepped in for me. Many who have taught me, prayed with me, saved me from poor choices.

With all that’s swarming us -fighting for our attention. Let’s get to the bottom of it all. Let’s acknowledge what is unjust. Let’s fight with love and light. And let’s learn, and hope and pray and be, choosing to call out our own injustices and fight for the love our world desperately needs.

Because love alone is worth the fight.

*further reading:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously. – Micah 6:8 MSG

Is that grounds for complaining that God is unfair? Not so fast, please. God told Moses, “I’m in charge of mercy. I’m in charge of compassion.” Compassion doesn’t originate in our bleeding hearts or moral sweat, but in God’s mercy. The same point was made when God said to Pharaoh, “I picked you as a bit player in this drama of my salvation power.” All we’re saying is that God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill. – Romans 9:14 MSG

3 Replies to “June 11 – Speak”

  1. I cant watch those fights either….thanks for this picture though, its helpful to remind myself that I need to get in the ring for whats important to fight for.

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