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 him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? ...and
if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of
the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your
night will become like the noonday.
As a Christian, I strongly believe we have a mandate to stand with the oppressed. That's one of the reasons I believe being a feminist and being a Christian go hand in hand - until women all over the world are valued as much as men, I believe we still must "loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke..."
Unless you have been living under a rock, you can't have missed the news coverage recently of the rash of suicides committed by young gay teens who have been the victims of bullying. I know the "gay issue" is uncomfortable for many Christians - I know many Christians won't agree with what I am about to say. But I'm okay with that.
I believe we need to stand with this group of young people, and support them as they fight to find their way in often unwelcoming world. I remember what it was like to be 16, and feel like there wasn't anyone who cared or understood. Imagine how it would feel to add being gay to that mix, and to spend every day being teased, abused, made to feel like dirt. We need to help set them free.
The It Gets Better Project is working to do just that. Today, a friend shared this video with me, and I thought I'd share it with you.