In my part of the world in the Middle East, we still find oppression all around – be it religious, political, economic, gender-related, or cultural. A historical fact is that
In my part of the world in the Middle East, we still find oppression all around – be it religious, political, economic, gender-related, or cultural. A historical fact is that most of the people who heard of, witnessed, and experienced Jesus are the ones who are socially, economically, and culturally alienated and oppressed.
It reminds me of the plight of humans depicted by a poet in Telugu, a southern Indian language: “What’s there to be proud of the history of any race; all the human race is exploited by the other.” This is a reality even in the 21st century. That’s why the call of Jesus is relevant and continues to be the ray of hope for the oppressed: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
There is nothing more solacing and comforting than the call of Jesus. This gives us strength to endure the suffering; courage to stand against injustice; and a hope to look unto the Lord as He gives us righteousness and justice.
Lord, help me to be a tool in your hands, so that you can work justice for the oppressed through me.
SOLOMON PAUL BONDLA
English Professor, Jazan University, Jazan
All my life, I was a sincere Christian, but Haggai training reminded how important I am as an individual in my time and space to take the Gospel into the world.