“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” -Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
Graeme Goldsworthy on one defective concept of Jesus Christ that is fairly common among evangelical Christians:
[I]n some circles, Jesus is conceived of a really not human at all. I hasten to add that mostly we evangelicals would deny that we hold to heretical views, even though we then express them in word and song! Thus the chorus ending, “You ask me how I know he lives; he lives within my heart.” Yet to ignore the fact that Jesus is bodily in heaven and sends his Spirit to us (Rom. 8:9-11), is to be in danger of focusing our faith on what is happening within us rather than on the objective, finished work of the Son of God (Col. 3:1; Heb. 9:24). Soon our feelings and spiritual euphoria become the means for gauging our spiritual health and for having assurance of salvation. Faith then becomes faith in our feelings of having Jesus “in our hearts.” We must remember that we know that Christ lives because the Bible tells us so, not because of a subjective feeling of having Jesus “in me.” The same biblical word informs and assures us of the power of Christ in his gospel to save and to give us the grace of perseverance until our earthly life’s end.
“If you need a guide for your ongoing relationship with God, read Psalms.”
― Jim George
“The more deeply we grow into the psalms and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich will our prayers become.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer