“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.” Acts 6:1, NAS95.
Discrimination has been around for a long time. Even the newly born gathering of Holy Spirit filled believers could not resist taking advantage of each other. Here, the most vulnerable people in society (widows) were being overlooked because they were immigrants in the holy land.
Issues of justice should always be on our minds as Christians. Any time we find "the least of these" being discriminated against whether inside or outside the Church, we called to be a part of the solution. In fact, we see here that the first issues the early believers dealt with were the issues of charity, equality, and caring for the disenfranchised. This is the common bond of the Spirit-filled.
Unfortunately, in our day as in theirs, Christ followers continue to "overlook" the needs that are pressing all around them. It is easy to ignore the poor, the enslaved, the immigrant, the old, and the young. While we are busy "worshipping," the hurting are continuing to be overlooked.
So what can we do? First of all, we can pray and ask God for wisdom in how we can make a difference. Next, we can look to our own hearts to see what issue or issues break your heart. Lastly, we can begin to invest there. There are so many great ministries to partner with both locally and globally. You can teach ESL, sponsor a child, volunteer at CityTeam, go to Guatemala, just to name a few.
Let's not miss the opportunities before us. Let's pray, give, and go and be a part of making the world "fair" again.
Have a wonderful day.