Advocacy is the act of influencing those with the power to effect change.
At Baptist World Aid Australia, we encourage Christians to ‘be love’ to the marginalised, oppressed, and those living in poverty by taking up their God-given call to speak up.
What the Bible says
Jesus shows us that those who follow him will use what power they have, not primarily for themselves in the pursuit of pride, prestige or material gain, but to serve others. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” he said. “And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark 10:43-44).
Many of us may not realise it, but we do have the power to and influence the world around us. Advocacy is one of the most effective ways to show servant-like love and use that power.
For Christians, advocacy should focus on calling for change that looks to the interests of the poor, the vulnerable and oppressed. Our voices can help ensure that the world we live in is a just one.
The prophet Isaiah reminds us to “... seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow" (Isaiah 1.17).
Be Vocal with Baptist World Aid
As individuals, in churches and through Baptist World Aid’s advocacy program called Catalyst, Christians are raising their voices in their churches and communities, to their politicians and to companies. We are speaking up to end poverty, slavery and exploitation and advocating to encourage corporations to be more responsible and look after the rights of their workers.
Get involved with Advocacy at Baptist World Aid