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October 16, 2018

Opening Your Mouth Without Opening Your Mouth: A Reminder to Vote

Sam Crabtree

Pastor for Small Groups, North

One of the ways God cares for the needy is to send advocates. In addition to sending rain, sunshine, and a planet teeming with provision, he sends advocates. His expectation that we see ourselves as advocates is revealed in such Bible passages as ...

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.—Proverbs 31:8–9

God sent Moses to advocate for his oppressed people in Egypt. Moses tried to excuse himself by reminding God of his stammering. “What is in your hand, Moses?” A rod. An ordinary rod. And God would divinely use that rod to say more than Moses’ mouth could.

“What is in your hand, Christian citizen?” A ballot. An ordinary ballot. And God may divinely use your ballot to advocate for the destitute. Needs vary across many issues, but I’m thinking specifically of the millions of citizens in utero who are being targeted by certain politicians—and those tiny citizens could use some advocacy. Even when ballots cast do not triumph in victorious election results, they nevertheless speak, and God hears the mounting cries of the oppressed and their advocates.

Open your mouth for the mute. Cast your ballot.

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