Have you ever heard somebody say something along the lines of:
“Such and such a people group isn’t being oppressed, in fact, they are the problem.”
“That social movement only stands for division and hate.”
“What they are doing is wrong, and when they stop doing it I will listen to what they have to say.”
I want to take a moment to challenge that kind of thinking.
When other people say they are being actively oppressed, why do we feel it’s okay to tell them they are not?
Is our voice more important than theirs?
Is our experience somehow more true?
Is our discomfort somehow more important than theirs?
This is what I mean when I say that I stand with the oppressed: when somebody tells me they are being treated poorly, I choose to take their word for it.
I choose to add my voice to theirs, so that together we can work to end their suffering.
I choose to get low, and to serve the hurting even if it makes me uncomfortable.
I know many of you are upset or sad because you feel like this social change is divisive, that you might be afraid because you perceive it as a threat.
But I know you.
I know how loving, caring, compassionate, and brave you are.
I know that you go out of your way to serve and help the hurting.
When your child or your friend or your neighbor tells you they are hurt, you rush to help them.
This is a powerful act of compassion: to put aside your feelings and your fear to listen to the voices of the suffering – even if you don’t agree with what they are saying.
Jesus never turned away the sick or the hurting, whether their wounds were visible or not.
He listened to their plea, had compassion on them, and went low to serve.
So that is what I mean when I say that I stand with the oppressed: that I will listen to their cry, and do everything in my power to come to their aid… even when I am uncomfortable or afraid.
Because that’s what Jesus would do.
Remember you are loved,
P.S. I am here if you want to talk. I’m still working on my active listening skills, but I promise to do the best I can and not shout you down or argue with you. If you want to drop me a line, check out my Contact Me page.