Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
When we recite the pledge of allegiance, we firmly declare that we are committed to “liberty and justice for all.” Yet our society does not practice what it proclaims. Pornography, for example, is a four billion dollar business in the United States, yet it degrades and exploits women and children—making them slaves to the perverted passions of a small but powerful group of individuals. Where is the justice in this? Abortions, which take the lives of helpless unborn children, are performed at the rate of more than 3,000 a day. Who can argue that these innocent ones are being treated justly?
Moses also encountered a situation of injustice. As he fled out into the Midian desert, he came across a well used to water the flocks of sheep that grazed in the area. This water was shared by numerous shep herds, among whom was a group of seven sisters, the daughters of a Midianite priest, Reuel. However, when these shepherdesses had gone to the hard work of drawing water up from the well and filling the troughs for their flocks, the other shepherds would drive them away and take it for themselves. Moses put a stop to this injustice and even replen ished what had been taken from them.
God expects Christians to stand up for jus tice. In Isaiah 56:1 the Lord commands, “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My right eousness to be revealed.” The Book of Proverbs goes so far as to declare that those who sanction injustices are an “abomination to the Lord” (17:15).
While you cannot be personally involved in righting every injustice, ask God where and how He would have you expend your efforts. If you oppose abortion, for example, volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. If you are burdened by the spread of pornography, initiate a petition to remove the pornograph ic magazines from your local store or gas sta tion. While we each may have limited time and resources, we can all do something.
FOR INJUSTICE TO TRIUMPH, GOOD MEN NEED ONLY TO DO NOTHING.