Heeding the Call to Defend the “Mute” AND to Defend the Poor and Needy

Posted: February 6, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Abortion, Social Issues

Proverbs 31:8-9 (ESV) 8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

As I was reading Scripture today, this passage really spoke to me. The people of God are told to defend the “mute”, those who are disabled. At the same time, it applies to the preborn who are “mute” in the mother’s womb. We are also to defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Unfortunately, in today’s political spectrum and social justice forums, emphasis is placed on ONLY one aspect of this passage…either defending the rights of the preborn or defending the rights of the poor and needy. In God’s perspective, these mandates are wedded to each other and inextricably connected. Defending the rights of the preborn, which is rooted in the dignity of mankind as a bearer of God’s image, is the very foundation for why we should even care about the poor and needy. They work hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other, which is so puzzling about the modern spectrum of thought, applying in both major political parties. Republicans defending the pre-born, but yet seemingly unconcerned about the poor and needy….while Democrats advocate the causes of poverty, but yet advocate abortion rights. Of course there are exceptions to the norm, but this is the general lay of the land. I pray for a day when both Republican and Democrat will be united in defending the right to life. Unfortunately we are moving more and more into a political philosophy which views the government as the bestower of such rights rather than the defender of such rights.

  1. I was pleasantly surprised reading the recent World Magazine article entitled “Blue Dog Comeback?” There is a growing number of conservatives in the Democratic party who are pro-life, financially conservative, yet have a better sense of the poor/needy and of social injustice. A couple years ago when it was announced that Heath Shuler, former U. of Tennessee great and NFL quarterback, was running as a Democrat I was very surprised that a conservative Christian would run- but I think it’s great to have men and women such as Shuler in the “enemy camp.”

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