Over and over again in the Bible (especially the Old Testament) God’s people are told to watch over and care for the vulnerable. Who are the vulnerable? God’s Word categorizes them into four groups of people:
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor.” (Zechariah 7:10-11)
In his book, “Generous Justice,” Timothy Keller writes, “In premodern, agrarian societies, these four groups had no social power…today this quartet would be expanded to include the refugee, the migrant worker, the homeless, and many single parents and elderly people.”
As you prepare your heart for worship this morning ask yourself, “Am I looking out for, or over looking, the vulnerable people around me?”
Another important question would be, “Where does taking care of the vulnerable rank on the list of my church’s priorities?”
Just a thought.