We live in a world that’s passionate about causes. And so many are worthwhile. Yet it can be overwhelming when we try to think about how to pursue social justice as we go about our everyday, very ordinary lives. That’s why these words grabbed my heart.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Administer true justice: show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other” (Zech. 7:9-10).
The middle part I’m familiar with: help the widows and fatherless. It’s the beginning and the end that drew me in: Show mercy and compassion to one another…in your hearts do not think evil of each other.
Apparently how we treat each other in our daily lives and how we think about each other even when no one knows matters just as much to God as any other cause. And, man, some days it can feel a whole lot harder. Before we get on a plane to go serve in another country, reach in our wallets to write a check for strangers, or promote any cause in any way…we need to take a look at our hearts and the way we love those closest to us. Justice starts with the person right in front of you. And it’s not harsh. It’s gentle and full of compassion.
Love is the most powerful weapon in this world. And it’s the only one that heals instead of wounds.
Do you want to fight for a cause right where you are today? You can love those right in front of you. Then join with them to love on the next person, who can reach out to the next, who can reach out to the next…and that can help everything be different.
Changing the world often starts by changing your world.
And you are.