I just ran into someone I worked with a while ago and he was telling me how is mom has cancer. She lost her job and house all at the same time. It was a really depressing story and I felt so bad for him but I didn’t offer to help.  I feel like I could have at least offered some cash but I didn’t. Isn’t it crazy how we can buy nice clothes and smartphones so easily but when someone is in need right in front of us we hesitate to help?  This isn’t an infomercial of needy people in a faraway country.  This is a messed up situation right in front of me. I see a need, I have cash in my wallet and I do nothing.

I need a new Iphone.

James wrote, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” (James 1:27). God cares deeply about the most vulnerable in society.

How did Jesus treat those in need? After the childhood of Jesus, Joseph is no longer mentioned so he probably died when Jesus was young. When Jesus was being crucified, his mother and his best friends were gathering around and he said to them, “She is now your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his own home (John 19:27). In those days a widow on her own did not receive help from social assistance and couldn’t work so Jesus made sure his dying words were to make sure she would be taken care of.

Split skin. Spit in face. Bleeding to death and he is thinking of a widow.

The new Iphone looks cool.

In the book of Isaiah it says, “See that justice is done. Defend the widows and orphans and help those in need.” (Isaiah 1:17) a few chapters later a question is asked, “Who will go for us?” Isaiah responds “Here I am. Send me.”

We need to start seeking justice more. It can start in our own city.

Right now that question is still being asked: “Who will go?”