Study #6- Micah 6:8
"He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God." Micah 6:8
This passage is one of those things one sees quoted often (I actually saw a truncated version scribbled as graffiti in a bathroom recently), but I'm not certain I see it being lived as much as it should. When it comes to Christian ethics, it seems that modern Christians favor some hot-button issues that don't really have a whole lot to do with the simple, terse commands quoted above.
- How do we promote justice?
- How do we live faithfully?
- How do we live obediently before our God?
These are questions each of us should be asking himself every day...every moment of every day. The answers to these questions may determine the quality of life on this planet for every human being, regardless of whether they are Christian, Jew or Muslim. And certainly, the first one, the one about justice, has a bearing on those who are not theists of any kind. Promoting justice has an impact on every person, regardless of whether that person believes in God or not.
Let's get a discussion started about this key Old Testament passage. I would certainly be interested in hearing how others inerpret it.