The Lord has shown you what is good.
He has told you what he requires of you.
You must act with justice.
You must love to show mercy.
And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God.
Micah 6:8 (New International Reader’s Version-Emphasis Mine)
We recently marked the fifth anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin-an unarmed young Black male-by George Zimmerman, a White security guard. George Zimmerman walks free today whilst the Martin family grieves over injustice…
The Sioux Nation still fights “Big Oil” over the Dakota Access Pipeline, that is slated to run through Sioux lands…
Today we have indigenous Palestinians being hemmed in and mistreated by an expansionist Israel that wants to build more and more settlements on lands granted to Palestine-all based on a faulty interpretation of the Bible…
The above situations-and more-all call out for justice. Today, we need justice in our world as we see injustices all about. We see racial injustice, ethnic injustice, environmental injustice, gender injustice, political injustice, and other forms of injustice in our world today. Our world cries out for justice.
In today’s text we see God speaking through the prophet, Micah. This text is a well-known text, yet still has meaning for us today. God calls for us to act with justice and show mercy. Too often we do the opposite-allowing injustice with little or no mercy. What’s even worse is how many of us in the Boardinghouse of Faith will comply with injustice just as long as it’s not us being affected. However, if we don’t side with justice, we’re just as bad as those perpetrating the injustice-no matter what rationale we offer up.
God still cries out for justice and mercy in our day and age. He/She calls out justice for those who our society has marginalized and objectified. As we’re starting Lent, let us examine how we act with justice: from the courthouse to the church house down to our house. Let us examine how merciful we are with others as well. Heaven knows I’ve messed up in these departments at times; and I can use some self-examination.
Today would be a good day to start! Peace.
Prayer: Father/Mother God, Your Voice cries out for justice and mercy in a world in need of both. Help us to examine our hearts to see if we harbor any injustice or unmerciful tendencies; and if we do, lead us into the way of justice and mercy. Empower us to call out for justice and mercy like your prophets and prophetesses throughout the ages, even for our enemies. Let us live with justice and mercy collectively and individually. For when we do, we can walk humbly before You. In Your Name, Amen.
(Image: Door with message on Halsey Street in Newark, NJ)