MICAH 6:8 ACT JUSTLY
It is written that the response of a godly heart is outward (do justice), inward (love mercy), and upward (walk humbly).
Micah – -prophesied during the reigns of kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah. 742 – 696 BC
Micah –also rebuked Israel because of dishonesty in the marketplace and corruption in government.
–He warned the people, on behalf of God, of pending destruction if ways and hearts were not changed. He told them what the LORD requires of them:
Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God
Israel’s response to Micah’s charges and threats consisted of three parts:
- admission of guilt,
- a warning of adversaries that Israel will rely on the LORD for deliverance and forgiveness,
- and a prayer for forgiveness and deliverance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micah_(prophet)#cite_note-10
ACT JUSTLY – Golden rule –
Some of which are so ridiculous, they should never be enforced…
ALABAMA: The City of Mobile may know how to throw down on Mardi Gras, but the use of confetti is strictly prohibited. To carry, manufacture, sell, or handle the party supply is considered an “offense against public safety.”
A frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest cannot be eaten in the state of California.
INDIANA: Liquor stores can’t sell refrigerated water or soda. The law specifies that a beer and wine store should be in the exclusive business of selling adult beverages.
KENTUCKY: Every legislator, public officer, and lawyer must take an oath stating that they have not fought a duel with deadly weapons.
ARIZONA –Illegal for donkey to sleep in a bathtub
In CONNECTICUT … a pickle must be able to bounce.
In Nebraska … you can’t get married if you have a venereal disease.
In VERMONT … it’s illegal for women to wear fake teeth without their husband’s approval.
I am talking about UNJUST LAWS –
Like the laws in our past:
INDIAN REMOVAL ACT (1830)
Passed by Congress and signed by President Andrew Jackson, This law gave Jackson’s administration the ability to “negotiate” with native American tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole), ostensibly forcing them to vacant the lands they held long before the colonies or United States were established
FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT (1850)
Congress, largely controlled by pro-slavery Democrats, passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required that runaway slaves be returned to their “owners” once they were captured.
CHILD LABOR LAW —The first group to fight for child Labor laws, formed in 1906, and it was over ten years later that a law was finally established.
USA PATRIOT Act (2001)
Passed and signed more than a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the USA PATRIOT Act (an acronym for Uniting Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) gave the intelligence community and law enforcement agencies broad new powers to combat terrorism. Thanks to recent disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Americans have learned that the PATRIOT Act has been used by intelligence agencies, most notably the NSA, to snoop and spy on American citizens, even if they’re not suspected of terrorist activity, by obtaining phone and Internet metadata from third-party businesses. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who authored and introduced the PATRIOT Act, has said that the government’s interpretation of the law is “excessive and un-American” and supports efforts to put better privacy protections in place.
- Illegal for a black person to marry a white person – finally struck down 1967 by Supreme Court
- Illegal for American Women to vote until 1920.
Ban on Those entering country
Iran Libya North Korea Yemen Somalia Venezuela Syria
RESTRICTIVE VOTING MEASURES have been enacted by states in recent years. They range from laws demanding that voters produce specific forms of identification to reductions in the number of locations where people can cast their ballot.
- California city passed a law banning the charitable act following a massive Hepatitis A outbreak.
- police officer warned the activists not to give food to the homeless in the park.
- “It’s okay to give food in public to other people but not homeless people,” he said, referencing the city law, KGTV reports.
- “That’s an unfair way of targeting the alleged issue of hepatitis A.”
Justice is not merely about defending personal rights and condemning social evils.
Biblical justice starts in the heart.
It is inseparable from love and humility.
When we choose to walk in the light – to follow the teachings of Jesus – to work to do God’s will…
We enter a covenant which means both parties have obligations to the other…
Micah was reminding people of their part of the bargain – of what GOD expects of a person who seeks Him.
God requires three ongoing actions:
- Act justly.
- Love mercy.
- Walk humbly with God.
making fair decisions in our business and personal lives.
Show each person the same respect whether they are rich or poor / young or old / educated or ignorant/ white or one of the million other shades of skin tones….
Do we treat people better who are dressed in a suit and tie than if they are in drag?
However we treat one another is how we treat God.
To Act Justly requires we show others the same attention as we show ourselves.
We are to love justice, not only when it harmonizes with our own interests… but we are to love justice…more than ourselves…
if it ain’t right – and I do nothing, then I ain’t right.
Pay attention to the word REQUIRES – meaning NOT OPTIONAL
Eugene Peterson paraphrases in the MESSAGE – Do what is fair and just.
And that means, even when life isn’t fair to us…
We are the only Bible some people read… we are the only Christ some people will meet.
We are the only example of a relationship with God, some people will ever experience…
HOW DO OUR ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE FOR GOD?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said this:
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. ~