Jan
22
2013

Micah 6:8 and Theological Stands

micah 68This morning at the men’s study that I attend we somehow started talking about Micah 6:8:

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

All morning I have been thinking about what this looks like in our current culture. What does it mean to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God?

As I soak on these words the memories of the people that I met this past weekend, and their stories, are still fresh in my mind. There is a need for mercy there, for those who love mercy to invest themselves in the lives of those who are in crisis. Operating justly in our day to day lives means caring well for those whose lives we come in contact with each day. If we are an employer we need to ensure that we are doing right by those who work for us, regardless of cost, if we are an employee that means we need to strive to engage in our work in a way that honors the God we serve. While justice and mercy are pretty straightforward, walking humbly can be difficult.

In a society where division is responsible for vast profits, it can be easy to fall victim to the mindset that causes us to treat every conversation as a battle for intellectual superiority. While we might win several of these battles, we often end up losing the war. A recent article I read has impacted my thinking on walking humbly significantly. The article is discussing the Christian reaction to homosexuality, though I am convinced that Sammy Adebiyi makes a point that applies to many, many more topics:

I cried because for the first time in my life, I wanted gay people to know Jesus loved them more than I wanted them to know my theological position.

As I learn to walk humbly, I am learning to check my motives. Am I truly concerned about introducing Jesus to people… or do I just want them to know where I stand theologically?

What has helped YOU to walk humbly with our God?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

Over the last fifteen years I have been a Church Planter, Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and now I serve churches through coaching (churchsimple.net), providing online giving services (egiveusa.com), and through keeping them informed (ministrybriefing.tv). I love Jesus, my wife, the Redskins and Capitals and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ.