Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
When we vote, aren’t we opening our mouths, so to speak?
When we vote are we speaking for the rights of all who are destitute? (e.g. many undocumented immigrants are here out of sheer destitution)
When we vote aren’t we called upon to do so with judgments that are righteous (that is, which pertain to the rights and needs of all beings)?
When we vote, are we defending the rights of the poor and needy?
Some forgotten wisdom here that we might want to take to the voting booth–next time.
For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall. Isaiah 25:4
“I don’t believe health care is a right. It’s a responsibility. The Democrats and Obama feel it’s a right and the federal government has a right to be involved in your health insurance. So that’s where I come from. This whole notion that the government can run a health insurance is doomed to failure in the first place.” Former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay
We have two different messages from two different times to two different communities facing a similar problem: what to do with the poor. The prophet Isaiah spoke with the authority of seeing things the way they could be, where the whole community as a body acted as a stronghold to the poor, needy and those in distress, where the whole of society became safe shelter in contrast to the ruthless who were like a storm beating against a wall. Make no mistake. The ancient Jewish society to which he spoke had their ruthless, and the prophet was calling them to a different vision.
American leaders, like Tom DeLay, have a vision, too. They like to propose that health care is simply each individual’s personal responsibility knowing full well that the average American cannot pay for his/her health care without the power of the collective. He is ruthless, a storm blowing against a wall. In his view, there is no shelter, no stronghold
You know which is the right way.