‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of the destitute, speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy’ A mothers wise words as advice to her son King Lemuel in Proverbs 31.
I’ve heard it said that in the West today the majority of us live like little kings, living on choice food and wine - and in the democracy we live in we have some power - in our vote!
24% or our population are under the age of 18 therefore unable to vote. 1 in 4 children live in poverty. 1 in 7 households live in poverty. In Aotearoa – in OUR nation! And I would bet on the fact that those living in poverty are the least likely to vote.
Through conversations with our clients at Christians Against Poverty - Clients who are struggling in the miserable grip of poverty in our nation I know that isolation is a reality and that the pressures of poverty take so much brain bandwidth that thinking about things like voting just aren’t on the agenda. How can it be, when you have no idea where your childrens next meal is coming from?
Will you use your power well this election? Will you speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?