Justice, Kindness, Humility
God is one who can truly put things in perspective and challenge all people to act in righteousness. Just as God challenged Job with the making of all things, God asks the people of Israel in Micah 6:1-8, “…what have I done to you?” God recounts ways that the people were kept and nurtured through many acts of saving grace. Therefore, the Lord asks for these few things found in verse 8, “…to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Verse 8 sounds so clear and simple, but the requirement of being righteous is a difficult one. It seems hard enough to do justice, but when things are unjust, we must still love kindness. And righteousness also includes recognizing God’s power and being humbled by it. But the most important element of walking in righteousness is to do it in relationship with God.
—Rev. Elinor Swindle Brown
- Are there times in your life that you have forgotten the acts of saving grace that God has done for you? What did you do to begin “walking humbly with God” again?
- With what do the burnt offerings and rivers of oil parallel in modern day times?
- What does it mean to you to “do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
- What specific actions can you take to put into practice the answers to question #3?
How Do I Act?
- Think of great leaders that have emerged in your lifetime. Write down reasons they were great, either by your remembering or doing a little research on them. Share stories about them with a young person who may not know as much about them. History can be much more interesting when it is shared by someone who was “actually there.”
- Begin a ritual of justice and righteousness within your family. It may be to pray together for those who suffer injustice, lighting a candle in remembrance of someone who has taught your family the meaning of righteousness or do an activity for peace and justice as a family. It will take good communications and creative minds to brainstorm ideas on a regular basis!
- Create a family council that will deal with family problems, concerns and celebrations. Children and adults alike will learn accountability for their actions as related to the entire group.
- Write to your congress or senate representatives on an issue that might be dealt with in a more just manner. Use the guidelines for writing this letter on the internet.