Words from our Pastor

February 2018

Happy February!

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the
LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
(Micah 6:6-8)

Micah 6:6-8 has always been a challenging couple of verses. As I was reading it this week, two words stuck out in my thinking: “Love kindness.” And I had to think – Do I really “love kindness?” Or, do I mainly love the idea of kindness? I know that I am often not kind (often in my thinking), and wondered if I ever thought about kindness as something I need to love, or at least love more than I do.

As I read the last part of Micah 6:6-8, the same question came: Do I really “do justice?” Or do I mainly just affirm the idea of justice? Is my version of "doing justice" mainly just trying not to “do injustice?" What does that look like?

Micah 6:6-8 sort of exposes us… here’s why.
When it comes to kindness, God flips this idea around and commands us to “love kindness,” not to “do kindness.” For me, I think I would rather have it written, “Do kind things.” It seems more manageable and measurable. But the command to “love kindness” goes after my heart, and is actually more demanding than merely doing “acts of kindness.”

In the same way, I prefer the verses to read, “Love justice” instead of “do justice.” When it is phrased that way, justice can be more of an abstract idea, and it’s always easier to affirm what is abstract than perform what is concrete.

As we go into February, I think the best way to try to love kindness and do justice would be to take the last part of the verse and apply it better. We should all “walk humbly.”

Walking humbly with God is to walk in repentance. When we walk in repentance and ask God to forgive us for the ways we fall short (in loving kindness and in doing justice), I think we will begin to understand our life as a church together. Let us humbly repent of our sins, and ask God to show us how to apply Micah 6:6-8.

– Pastor John