DAY 11: JUSTICE
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
There was a study where the older generation was asked to describe the younger generation in one word. The researchers then went to members of the younger generation to discuss the results. The younger generation was told that the top answer used by the older generation to describe them started with the letter “e” and were invited to guess the word. The answers were varied but had a theme: Excellent. Exemplary. Exceptional.
The actual word: Entitled.
Let’s face it, our kids are being raised in a culture where “I need” and “I deserve” don’t really match up with the thought. I need an iPhone? I deserve a starting spot on the team?
In the process, a lot of drama can come up where a phrase like, “That’s not fair!” will be thrown out. The call of God on our lives includes a call to truly see the areas of wrong in this world and do something to be a part of making things right.
Pray boldly and prophetically that your teen will move past entitlement and into a heart of compassion and justice.
I rebuke a sense of entitlement in the heart and mind of ______________. Instead, I pray he/she would learn to do right and seek justice. Open ______________’s heart and eyes to the oppressed, the fatherless and the widow all around him/her. As you do, may _____________ be one who defends those being oppressed, who takes up the cause of the fatherless, and who pleads the case of the widow. May he/she be moved by compassion into action.
What are some ways you can specifically see this passage become a reality in your family?