January 3

Psalm 72:10-14

“He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.” vss. 13-14

There are over 65 million displaced persons in the world today, and more than 25 million refugees…more than half of these are children. They’ve been forced from their homes by oppression and violence of every kind…in some countries whole cities have been bombed into oblivion. By any definition it’s a humanitarian crisis, one that the world seems ill-equipped to deal with. Some countries are selling war planes and weapons to those carrying out the destruction and then closing their borders to those seeking refuge. It seems a horrible distortion of the psalmist’s vision for benevolent leaders in a caring nation. Most of us are well aware of what is happening in the world…we catch glimpses of television footage and read the accounts of journalists on the ground. It sickens us! And yet as individuals it’s hard to know what to do. Even political leaders are locked in stalemates about how those hurting people can best be helped. It’s as though our world has been programmed for destruction and we don’t know how to do anything different. Most of us just go about our business, enjoy prosperity, and try to ignore the ugliness. But silently standing by doesn’t seem right! Those who claim to be walking in the way of Jesus have been called into action. Surely there must be something we can do!

Thought for the Day: What am I going to do about the world’s humanitarian crisis?

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