What Does A Christian Look Like?
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” -Psalm 82:3-4
For nearly all of us, especially those living in the U.S., christianity has always been the dominate faith tradition. When many of us think about the word “christian” we picture giant, beautifully constructed church buildings with high tech, expensive sanctuaries. Middle to upper middle class, well dressed, happy, politically conservative suburbanites with two and a half kids coming to hear the word of the Lord each weak. In general, we picture those who have it all together. It can be easy to believe the lie that one needs to fit the christian stereotype in order to belong to the faith. This could not be further from the truth.
Time and time again, the scriptures confirm the truth that God is on the side of the weak and the wearied. He loves the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner. It is the poor and the oppressed that are on this mind, not the wealthy, proud, and self-sufficient.
If you’ve ever felt weak, if you’ve ever felt needy, if you’ve ever felt like you needed help, then the christian faith is absolutely for you.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank you that I do not have to be perfect in order to belong in your family. I praise you for your mercy and love, and I echo the prayer of this verse. Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.