You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. Any case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it. (Deuteronomy 1:17b)
Words like this are interwoven all through our scriptures. For people who are pressed down, persecuted, and used for others’ selfish gain, the prophets and gospel writers and letter writers keep proclaiming this word of hope and resistance. Not only are we called to speak and act; we are called to do it boldly. We are drawn into community to do this work together, because no one of us has the power or wisdom or unconditional love to do it alone.
This message is an excerpt from “May we use our voices” by Joy McDonald Coltvet in the September 2020 issue of Café.