The Urgency of Protest

February 1, 2017

 

 

The political climate of our day could be marked by a single word... "Protest." And in such a highly charged atmosphere, there are so many different responses. 

 

Some say, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil!"

 

Others, "We are victims!"

 

Still others, "We must hold someone accountable!"

 

And, of course, "Can't we all just get along!"

 

I might suggest that there is something good about protest. But I'd like to encourage God's people to see where it is most effective. 

 

In Psalm 13, David sends this protest to God:

 

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

 

2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

 

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

 

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

 

6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,

for he has been good to me.

 

It's important for me to hear these words. God's servant, David, felt deserted and alone. He was pleading a righteous cause. 

 

But notice where his protest was directed. Rather than marching in a picket line down the street, he was on his knees before God. 

 

Question: What is more powerful--protest or prayer?

 

What would happen if we brought both of those together?

 

The Psalms are filled with similar prayers directed to God. There is something entirely healthy about bringing our protest to the Lord. I have often said "God can handle our anger." The same is true about protest.

 

Protest demands our urgent attention. And in a free country, we have the right to speak up. But what if we always began on our knees? 

 

It might change how we march. 

 

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