God's justice for the oppressed consists in rescue/liberation and in reticence/invitation to protest. What is the task for humans in response to such a justice? “To create resistance groups inside the belly of the beast is the new missionary task,” declares Dorothée Solle.1 From the perspective of the oppressed, God's response to injustice evokes the corollary human response of resistance.
Resistance can take many forms. I enumerate here only a few. These forms of resistance are supported biblically and they are forms used by oppressed peoples today in their struggles against injustice.
“I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.”
“Woe to you Pharisees….”
Yahweh is the God who hears the cries of the oppressed and responds with rescue. But Yahweh cannot “hear” the cries of the oppressed unless those cries are raised. Injustice is not something that should be accepted silently. “We don't want our chains made comfortable. We want them removed.”2
The first task of justice for the oppressed, therefore, is outcry, anger,