““No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
Isaiah 58:6-7 NLT
I’m having a hard time trying to figure out who loves God and who doesn’t. The people who say they love Jesus are comfortable with a president that calls people SOB’s, threatens to take away healthcare from poor people, and puts innocent citizens in harm’s way while he plays John Wayne with world leaders.
Where are the qualities of Jesus? Where the fruits of the spirit? You can’t have the fruit if you’re not connected to the root. You shall know a tree by the fruit it bears. Right now all I’m seeing is strange fruit like Billie Holiday sings about.
We have been very religious but it does not seem that we have a relational connection to Jesus. We fast but strike each other with wicked fists. We fast but still tear each other down. We need to slow down and really assess where we are. We are a nation headed for self-destruction.
True fasting consists of some specific things that are tied to justice.
- Free those that are wrongly imprisoned. There are over two million people in American prisons, many who are non-violent drug offenders. They are in jail because they abused drugs. They need drug rehab not prison sentences. We don’t rehabilitate, we incarcerate for profit.
- Lighten the burden of those who work for you. In America we have a brand new group of poor people called the “working poor” because they are not being paid a living wage. On top of that the government is trying to repeal healthcare. For the scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”
- Share your food with the homeless and give them shelter. It’s amazing that we’ve seen almost no support or mention of Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands in terms of Hurricane relief. Is this because they are majorly people of color. Don’t they deserve relief just like the people in Florida and Texas? These are our brothers and sisters too!
What does this have to do with being a Christian?! Everything!!
We have to live out our purpose by serving the least of these and going on missions to help rebuild ALL of our brothers and sisters. If we have the Spirit of the Lord in us then we shouldn’t call people sons of bitches when they are children of God!
Instead we should say what Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
In Jesus’ Name,