“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” ~ Psalm 82:3
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” ~ James 1:22
This cartoon was originally published in the Denver Post, and is by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Keefe.
It made me cry the first time I saw it.
It has since run in newspapers all over the country, serving as a reminder that there are innocent victims being forgotten in the face of those Penn State support rallies. Rallies that are being held for a man who, in essence, stood by and did nothing in the face of horrific knowledge.
For too many years, too many people in this situation failed to do what Psalm 82:3 says to do – defend the weak and the fatherless. Many of the victims came from broken homes, and the son of a single mother is both weak and fatherless. Yet so many people are more concerned right now that a college football team is losing a winning coach. Why aren’t these same people equally outraged that such terrible behavior could be allowed to continue?
Too often we think that doing nothing isn’t so bad. We deceive ourselves by thinking that someone else will stand up and do the right thing. We claim we don’t want to get involved, that we can’t be held responsible for not doing anything. But the Bible is pretty clear – we are to stand up for people that need it. We are to defend those who can’t defend themselves.
My heart breaks for the children involved in this case – children whose innocence was stolen. And almost worse, children whose trust that someone would help them was shattered when too many people looked away.
As Christ-followers, we are to be the voice of the weak, the fatherless, the poor, the oppressed. We are to be strong for them when they cannot be. We are to be Christ to them when they need it most.