Oppression, social justice, systematic injustice, marginalization are some of the most loaded terms in our society. And they appear to be especially polarizing within the evangelical church.
Many evangelicals genuinely believe issues like social justice, systematic injustice, and oppression have little if any connection to the gospel. Moreover, they claim any attention given to these issues at best distracts from the gospel and at worst actually oppose the proclamation of the gospel.
But is that true? And if so, how do we approach passages like Nehemiah 5? Once he began the work of rebuilding the wall, it was full steam ahead for Nehemiah and those he led. Having effectively motivated most of the people to join the effort (ch. 3), Nehemiah then successfully handled those who opposed his ministry (ch. 4).
Chapter 5 opens with an entirely different challenge. Despite the importance of rebuilding the wall, the outcry of the poor and vulnerable could not and would not be ignored. Neh. 5 is unique in that we hear the actual cries of the oppressed. God had long promised to hear the cry of the oppressed (see Exod. 22:22; Deut. 24:15 and Isa. 5:7), but this is one of the few times we hear their voice and in their voice can sense the anguish of their plight.
But does that matter to our witness and walk before the Lord today? Join us this Sunday, July 25th, 10:00 AM in person at Shasta Park (7400 Imagination BLVD) and online at https://www.newcitysac.org/tune-in where we’ll worship the God who still hears the cries of the oppressed.