30 Bible verses for advocates
In this blog, I share 30 Bible verses for advocates. And share an action that could be taken for each bible verse. Note: the actions refer to locations or organisations within Australia, and I’m sure you can find similar places to perform advocacy in your country.
My interest in advocacy commenced as soon as I received my first wheelchair during rehabilitation. Initially, my actions were about advocating for improved access for myself, and later, I made a stance to help other people, too.
I hope the 30 Bible verses for advocates help you find actions, based on scripture, to help disadvantaged people.
A few examples of my advocacy – visiting organisations, assessing accessibility and taking action.
- Ticketek accessible ticket booking
- Festival Theatre accessibility
- Westfield accessibility
- 10-pin bowling accessibility
Please let me know, via a comment, your thoughts about the 30 Bible verses for advocates.
First 5 of 30 Bible verses
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9
Action: Advocate for indigenous rights and participate in community programs that uplift indigenous Australians.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17
Action: Volunteer at legal clinics providing free services to marginalized groups, ensuring fair representation.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
Action: Participate in environmental stewardship programs to protect Australia’s unique biodiversity.
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. – Jeremiah 22:3
Action: Join or support local refugee resettlement programs, assisting newcomers in adjusting to Australian life.
Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner, or the poor. – Zechariah 7:9-10
Action: Initiate community collections or drives to collect resources for those affected by bushfires.
Next 5 of 30 Bible verses
The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. – Luke 4:18-19
Action: Support initiatives to reduce the prison population through restorative justice programs.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. – Proverbs 29:7
Action: Engage with local government to promote policies ensuring the welfare of low-income families.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. – Matthew 25:40
Action: Volunteer at community centres focusing on providing resources and care to the homeless in cities like Sydney or Melbourne.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. – Psalm 82:3
Action: Contribute to programs offering mental health resources and support to rural communities.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
Action: Support or adopt through local Australian foster care systems.
Next 5 of 30 Bible verses
Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great, but judge your neighbour fairly. – Leviticus 19:15
Action: Attend workshops on unconscious bias to ensure impartiality and fairness in daily interactions and decisions.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free? – Isaiah 58:6
Action: Support campaigns that advocate for workers’ rights, particularly those in temporary or uncertain employment situations.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! – Amos 5:24
Action: Participate in environmental initiatives aiming to preserve Australia’s unique ecosystems.
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 16:20
Action: Promote transparency and ethics in local governance by engaging in community town hall meetings.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. – Proverbs 14:31
Action: Start or contribute to a community garden, ensuring fresh produce for those who might not be able to afford it.
Next 5 of 30 verses
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free. – Psalm 146:7
Action: Contribute to organizations providing resources and support to Australians battling addiction.
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. – Deuteronomy 10:18
Action: Organize cultural exchange events in your community to promote understanding and appreciation of Australia’s diverse immigrant populations.
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. – Psalm 140:12
Action: Advocate for affordable housing initiatives, especially in urban areas with high living costs.
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court. – Proverbs 22:22-23
Action: Offer financial literacy programs to underprivileged youth, equipping them with skills for a more secure future.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3
Action: Participate in river cleanup projects, especially in areas affected by pollution.
Next 5 of 30 Bible verses
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated. – Hebrews 13:3
Action: Advocate for fair treatment of prisoners and support organizations focused on their rehabilitation.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
Action: Launch or support local mental health awareness campaigns, emphasizing community support.
Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. – Exodus 23:6
Action: Assist in establishing free or affordable tutoring programs for students in disadvantaged areas.
You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. – Matthew 23:23
Action: Dedicate time to mentor young people in your field, ensuring they have a fair start.
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. – Psalm 103:6
Action: Support organizations providing aid to Australians suffering from chronic illnesses, ensuring they receive adequate care.
Final 5 of 30 verses
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. – Proverbs 24:11-12
Action: Support or volunteer for organizations like Lifeline, which provides crisis support for those in desperate situations.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” – Matthew 25:35
Action: Organize a community food drive and partner with local businesses or schools. Alternatively, host events where different cultural groups can share their stories and meals, promoting unity and understanding in your community.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? – 1 John 3:17-18
Action: Organize or support clothing swaps in your community to ensure everyone can wear the necessary attire, especially during seasonal changes.
Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise, says the LORD. – Psalm 12:5
Action: Support local artisans and producers by buying local, ensuring fair compensation for their work.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” – Proverbs 3:27
Action: Identify skilled labourers in your community who are unemployed or underemployed. Use your professional networks to help them secure appropriate work, or if you own a business, consider employing them yourself for suitable roles.
I’ve shared 30 Bible verses for your advocacy journey. There are many more verses supporting advocacy. How will you advocate for other people in your service to God?
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