Because the world is no longer in such a state, however, “the order of knight-errantry was instituted to defend maidens, to protect widows, and to rescue orphans and distressed persons,” the knight continues.
Each of the ten quotes below is worthy of its own essay. Yet when my eyes fell upon this one, I couldn’t help but see the stunning correlation between the quest of Don Quixote and the compelling character and heart of God. I began to search the scriptures regarding injustice, true religion, and justice. The world never ceases to give birth to new cases of injustice, unimaginable horrors being repeated time and time again. It is nauseating, and should cause us to cry out for the return of Christ. Yet here we are, as the salt and light of the earth, during this time of war, famine, and pain. As Don Quixote took it upon himself to ride out into the world to defend maidens, to protect widows, and to rescue orphans and distressed persons, so must we practice what the bible calls true religion…’religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food
with the hungry
and to provide the poor
wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for the oppressed. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne, love an faithfulness go before him. Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
This is the character and heart of God to which I was drawn, reflected in the story of Man of la Mancha. The world did not recognize or understand Jesus Christ, yet he embodies what we all long for: to see justice served. I know I’m not the only one whose heart breaks reading the reports of what is happening in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Many stories are not even reported, only witnessed by the victims, the humanitarian workers and missionaries in close proximity.
Jesus Christ came once to save the world. He will come again, but he will come as a judge. He came once as the sacrificial Lamb, but he will come again as the Lion. Be forewarned, the Lord will take up the case of the poor and exploited. He will plunder those who plunder them. He will punish as our sins deserve. God can not be mocked, a man reaps what he sows. I love the Word of God. It is not polite, or gentle, or politically correct. Sin cannot be tolerated by a holy God.
He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. The Lord’s patience means salvation. He will have mercy on anyone who cries out to him. Let’s pray for the oppressed nations, the orphans, the widows, the aliens. Let’s also pray for their oppressors.
I want to share with you an inspiring story of a group of women who have just completed an awesome journey together!
Global Campaign to Combat Injustices Affecting Women and Children
ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — In an effort to raise awareness and funds to combat oppression, slavery, exploitation and global trafficking, The Freedom Climb will unite 47 women from around the world who have volunteered to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The event was chosen as a symbol for the challenging climb that marginalized women face while climbing out of oppression and into freedom.