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Biblical Basis for Advocacy

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

We experience God’s grace and love through our faith in the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection. “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16).

In the Gospels, Jesus was compassionate to all people, especially the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the hungry, the poor, and the infirmed—the most vulnerable in society. Jesus loved all people—rich and poor—and actively cared for people in need. He urged his disciples to do the same.

As followers of Christ, we express and embody God’s reconciling love at all times and in all places. Throughout the Scriptures, God speaks of our purpose to rebuild, restore, and renew all that is broken (Isaiah 61). We are called to work to end the brokenness of hunger and poverty in our communities,
in our country, and in other countries.

Throughout the Scriptures, God calls people into community and sets the expectation that leaders (whether they are kings, pharaohs, or governments) should care for their people (Psalm 72:2).

Therefore, we also reflect God’s love by challenging individuals and institutions given the power to change laws and structures that keep people vulnerable.

We work toward a just world in which every person has an opportunity to thrive. We participate in showing God’s love and honor the dignity and worth of our neighbors.

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Further Reading

What is Advocacy?

The dictionary defines advocacy as “pleading the cause of another, siding with, vindicating, recommending publicly.” Bread for the World engages Christian citizens and churches in advocating for and with hungry people at home and abroad.

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Confronting Decision-Makers

In the New Testament, Jesus was continually in conflict with religious leaders over the essential meaning of the law.

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