Alive: 47 Days of Lent, Day 23

Alive: The injustice of exclusion

“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.”

Deuteronomy 27:19 NIV

We live in a world where the vulnerable, dispossessed, and disadvantaged are more likely to experience injustice than their prosperous, privileged counterparts. Any society that fails to uphold fair treatment for all is falling short of God’s expectations.

Who is the foreigner, fatherless, or widow from whom justice is withheld in our modern world? They are the economic migrant, the asylum seeker, the victim of sex trafficking, the orphan, the lone parent, the unemployed, the victim of war. I could go on.

What they all have in common, however, is that God knows who they are. He understands their suffering and calls on us, his followers, to stand with them, and to work with them to ensure they get the justice that is rightfully theirs. 


You are a just God. You love everyone equally and want everyone to be treated fairly.  Let me be an instrument of justice, and not be fearful of calling out injustice when I see it. Amen.

Author: Marcia Dixon, Keep The Faith magazine and The Voice newspaper

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