DayBreaks for 12/09/14 – All Oppression Shall Cease

DayBreaks for 12/09/14 – All Oppression Shall Cease

One of the most wonderful and impressive of all Christmas songs is O Holy Night.  It isn’t easy to sing, but it sure is beautiful!  I don’t know if you’ve heard Celine Dion sing it or not, but if you haven’t, you should!  (Link to Celine’s version on YouTube – you will probably have to skip the ad after a few seconds!)

I learned something about this beautiful song this past weekend that I never knew.  The song was originally written in French in 1847.  It was apparently during the time of the Civil War in the United States that the song was translated into English.  As one soldier in the Civil War heard it, the phrase that stuck in his mind was “…in His name all oppression shall cease.”

Deliverance, by the way, is one of the reasons he came:  Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) – The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.

That phrase gave new meaning to the ordeal that was being experienced at that time.  And today, over 160 years later, it still gives hope and meaning to us, doesn’t it?

With terrorist beheadings, riots in the streets of our cities, brutalization of women and girls throughout the world, the millions of those who are enslaved and oppressed, we are not short on the need for hope.  We do know, deep in our hearts, that one day when He speaks the word, all oppression shall cease…forever.

Until that day, let us hope and pray, let us be instruments of His peace…and let us stop oppressing ourselves.  We may be oppressing our spouse through our words or actions.  We may be treating our children more like slaves than little ones endowed with the very image of God (and a purer image than we adults carry!)  We may oppress our employees…or employers.  We may oppress our animals and friends.  Men often oppress women.

Let’s not.  Let’s do our part to not be oppressors, but deliverers from oppression this Christmas.

PRAYER: Forgive the ways that we oppress others, Lord, and help us be instruments of your peace and righteousness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/22/13 – The Answer to Injustice

DayBreaks for 10/22/13 – The Answer to Injustice

Isaiah 58:6-8 (MSG) This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. 7  What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8  Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage.

The Word is clear: God knows everything about us.  Recently I was talking with a friend and I was sharing that a God that is big enough to have created everything out of nothing is also big enough to know how many hairs are on our heads and the words inside of our heads, too.  It’s therefore true that if you are being bullied in school, God knows about it and God hates it. If you are being harassed in the workplace, for any reason, God hates it. If you are being taken advantage of–or if you are taking unfair advantage of someone else–there will be a day of reckoning. If there is anyone anywhere praying for God to intervene and put an end to their oppression, eventually that prayer will be heard and that which is wrong will be set right. That’s the promise of Scripture.

So, are we to just sit around and wait for that day to arrive? I think not.  Let me tell you a story.

A young black man asked his minister why their people had to suffer so much poverty, hardship, and oppression. “Why doesn’t God do something?” he wailed.

“He has,” said that wise pastor. “He has created you.”

And so Desmond Tutu, now the archbishop of South Africa, became the answer to his own question.

That’s a good lesson for you and me. While we are waiting for God to bring in a perfect and just society, you and I are God’s answer to the injustice in our world right now. That’s what it means to take up a cross and follow Jesus. It’s not a comfortable position to be in. It’s not popular. But it is Christ’s way.

PRAYER: We would rather that you took immediate action to solve all injustice instead of waiting, but until you act, help us to act in your name and with your authority to bring such things to an end as much as possible.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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