Why should we as the church partner with The Exodus Road in our 2020 Christmas Offering? Why is this work so important?
One of the first times Jesus is recorded preaching is when he reads the scroll of Isaiah in Luke 4;
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (ESV)
We are instructed to take up the cause of the oppressed and marginalized many times in Scripture.
As we have been studying the Letter of James these past few months, we are asked this question; where’s the action that goes with what we’re claiming to believe? James has taught us that our faith means nothing if it does not produce action.
Similarly, Fredrick Douglas, an abolitionist in the 19th century, said, “I prayed for 20 years, but I never got an answer until I started praying with my feet.”
What a beautiful picture of what it looks like to put our faith into action. We are called to find creative ways to “pray with our feet” and turn our lives into a prayer of action.
What better way to do this than by taking up the cause of the oppressed and marginalized as the Lord instructs us over and over to do?
We had the chance to sit down with Laura Parker and David Zach from The Exodus Road to learn about how we get to partner with them in this year’s Christmas Offering: