Responsibility for Justice
October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Prophets are awkward. Micah is no exception. He was called “to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin” (Micah 3:8). For many, filled with the Holy Spirit means something exotic, but for this prophet, it implied the exposure of a people’s inability to care for others with true justice. Micah speaks against the lack of concern for the poor among the rulers of the day, but he also criticizes the preachers and false prophets who are all too willing to say whatever people want to hear. The problem is that those who have the power to make things happen, such as the rulers, priests and judges of Micah’s time, wield their power unjustly. In our time, many may disagree (depending on your political ideals) on where the primary responsibility lies for social and economic justice and what the proper strategies should be, but the concern itself is not optional – at least not for those who read and believe the Bible. Churches and individual Christians also have the responsibility and power to do something about justice and care for the poor in our own neighborhoods and communities. What are you and I going to do about that today?