Life is full of inequalities, isn’t it? People have vastly different incomes; vastly different net worth; different levels of education, access to professional services, physical health, and personal networks. Jesus noticed all that at his time two thousand years ago, predicting to his disciples that there would always be poor people and victims of catastrophic circumstances like war, the neglect and cruelty of others, or of their own poor choices.
But that is no excuse for casual exploitation or shunning. On the contrary, it brings delight to God when people whom he has blessed with a surplus in some area choose to share with those who struggle. The church is at its best when it matches the vigor of its preaching with the vigor of its ministries of caring. Sharing food and clothing come to mind. Working to bridge the education gap in low-income communities is another.
A mysterious king named Lemuel was given a page of Scripture for his life proverbs, and he offers yet another way for the strong to help the weak: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8). Our world is blessed by all the people who have chosen to invest time, energy, and passion into advocacy for people with disabilities. Or those who defend the right of unborn children to be born and not be aborted.
In heaven the sufferings and struggles will be over. For now, they are opportunities for love in action.