Watching the protests, reading the tweets, pouring over the articles, consuming the memes, taking in the images. I’ve spent way too much time participating in these activities as of late. In taking intentional steps to distance from the information buffet I was led to the book of Micah. The book is a warning to God’s people as well as a call to keep hope. The government in Micah’s time was wealthy, overly aggressive, and corrupt. The people were robbed of their lands, wealth, and severely oppressed. Micah faithfully yelled out to the people of God to repent and to “walk humbly with [their] God.”
In Micah 2:12 God says,
“I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
I will gather the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together like sheep in a fold,
like a flock in its pasture.” (ESV).
The surprising fruit of the current state of The United States is that we are witnessing, through upheaval and protest, a coming together of varied people groups. We see, daily, people of all races joining together under the banner of justice and hope and change. This scripture in Micah speaks directly to God’s desire to regather His flock. It points us to God’s desire for His children to be together and unified in Him. Those who, today, are fighting the good fight of Justice, Love, and Unity are those who “[God] will gather.”
We, as the consecrated, set-apart, and deeply loved people of God must be the tip of the spear in this battle which pits light against dark. We must commit ourselves to the hard work of the Gospel that leads people to realization, repentance, and reconciliation. This work was, is, and forever will be the deep and eternal message of Jesus.
Later in the book of Micah (6:8), Micah reminds the people of God that “[God] has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is the “tip of the spear” language that I was alluding to earlier. This is the work that must be done so that the Kingdom can come in the places that we live, work, shop, eat, commune and worship. It is required! The Hebrew for this word ‘require’ is literally translated as an action that leads someone “to beat or tread a path intentionally.” It’s calling us, the Children of God, to intentionally interact and walk with Justice, Love, Kindness, and Humility all the days of our lives. May we, a people who have been transformed and saved by the work of Jesus on The Cross, be the first to call for the unity of the flock. May we be those who are counted among the sheep who call for justice, love, kindness, and humility.