“Break my heart for what breaks yours.”*
My hands were raised, my heart was open and moved – I was ready. I prayed these lyrics as they were sung, hoping God would answer me in a huge way. As in most instances, I was not prepared for the answer the Lord would give or how He would wake me.
The moment would come, but weeks later. I had given birth to our daughter and would feed her around 5:30 am most mornings. One particular morning I had turned on the television, landing on an interview Joyce Meyers was conducting with Christine Caine.
Christine Caine and her husband, Nick, are founders of A21, which is an organization working to eradicate Human Trafficking through awareness, education, and victim advocacy and rehabilitation.
As I watched, my heart crumbled listening about the reality of modern day slavery and how we, as Americans, consume much of the services these enslaved women, men, and children are coerced into.
Unable to breathe because of the grief completely overtaking my heart, I wasn’t just broken. My soul smashed into shards as I was confronted by the gravity of an immense sin.
God has a special connection with those who are oppressed.
The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
He remains faithful forever, executing justice for the exploited and giving food to the hungry. The Lord frees prisoners. Psalm 146:6b-7
God in his holy dwelling is a father of the fatherless and a champion of widows. Psalm 68:5
The Lord also encourages people to have His same heart for oppressed individuals and groups!
Learn to do what is good. Pursue justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the right of the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
The call for justice in scripture shouldn’t be a “good idea” tossed around whenever convenient, or an attempt at façade-type holiness. This is a deep, life altering call to the reality of creating freedom which truly reflects the heart of our Creator.
With searching and honest contemplation we need to ask: what breaks our hearts in this life? Are we bold enough to sincerely ask for painful and life changing insight? Does our call line up with the love expressed in God’s Word?
For more information on A21 and their work, please visit their website at http://www.A21.org.
*”Hosannah,” Hillsong United, 2007.