We know that we are called to love the unloved because of the story of Hosea
Hosea 1:2 "When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute..."
Hosea 3:1 "Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. Then I said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”
Lamentations, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Ezekiel
- Lamentations 1:17, "Zion stretched our her hands, but there is no one to comfort her. The LORD has decreed for Jacob that his neighbors become his foes; Jerusalem has become an unclean among them."
- Lamentations 4:2, "How precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots as clay, the work of a potter's hands."
- Zephaniah 1 discusses God coming down and taking away idols
- Zephaniah means treasured by God and protected
In Joel we see situations where everything is stripped away from the people. Things become difficult and it does not reflect back to be their wrongdoings or mishaps that caused them to get to that place. Their food, relationships, and joy are stripped away. There are always impoverished people in the world, it is more how we respond that matters most.
As a Christian and as a Social Worker we have the responsibility to care for those in need, to provide in a means that we see as possible. We have the resources to help provide healing and restoration of materials. The Bible gives excellent examples of what it is others need from us as they are going through difficult times. It promotes us to be an encourager, to be courageous and encourage courage, and to not let fear take authority in any situation. We are called to be like Christ, we are given His power, so lets use it!
Why are we supposed to care for them?
Ezekiel 18:5,7-9 says, "If a man is righteous and does what is just and right..does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord God."
The Bible tells us that if we care for the poor in spirit, keep God's rules, and walk in his statutes, we will be seen as righteous and we will have life! It pleases God when we keep his commands. It is our job as Christians to take care of those who are impoverished, unloved, and those who are lost (the worldly).