Defending the Innocent

Openyour  mouth,judge  righteously, And  defend  the  rightsof  the  afflicted  and  needy.

Proverbs 31:9, NASU


I had the privilege of visiting with a sweet, older woman yesterday. I'm not sure just how old she is, but I suspect that her 80th birthday is somewhere long in the past. We were talking about the drought conditions that we were experiencing and how maybe we would get some rain, as the day was overcast and a bit promising. She made a statement, then, that has caused me to think. She said, "I don't know if God will give us rain when we are killing so many of our babies."


At first that might seem to be a ludicrous statement, especially when there are so many areas where abortion is rampant and the rains still fall, but maybe there is some wisdom behind the words of this sweet lady. You see, we live in an area known as the Bible Belt, but it seems that people are paying less and less attention to the instruction of this great Book that has given us our identity. And you have to admit that we don't hear much about this terrible sin anymore - we don't voice aloud much about any sin anymore. It's almost as if people had forgot about it.


But, has God? He commands us to defend the rights of the afflicted and needy, but are we doing so? And if we are not, what will become of our prayers? This is something we do not have to wonder about, because He has already told us:


Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

Isaiah 59:1-4, NIV 


If the world seems to be falling about, maybe it's because we have let it by not coming to the aid of those who are truly afflicted. If it seems like God has abandoned us when we call upon Him to put the pieces back together, maybe it's because we abandoned Him, and because we have ceased to be concerned with defending the rights of those who are truly afflicted. Maybe there is some wisdom to what this dear, elderly woman wondered aloud yesterday. Maybe God will not answer the prayers of those who call upon Him until they start being concerned once again for the most innocent among us whose rights and lives are seemingly forgotten.


So, what can we do? I don't have the perfect answer, but I do wonder if we might start with this: Maybe we could start voicing our concerns about all of our babies who are being killed. Maybe we could then humbly beseech our Father to also intervene on behalf of these innocent victims - and not just in the area of abortion, but also in the areas where they are being subjected to things that are just not right. And then, maybe, we would have the right to pray to the Creator for rain as well as all of our other needs, with the rightful expectation that He will hear our prayers and answer them with showers of blessing.


What do you think? Is there some wisdom behind this woman's statement... or is she just an old woman out of touch with our modern world? I think that she just might be right.