For most of this day I have been close to tears. I feel compelled to weep for a nation that devalues difference. I feel encumbered by racism, sexism, fascism, legalism and truthfully, most other isms. My heart breaks for a native people that are being forced off their land yet again.
I hear the cries of injustice and add my voice, my pen, my key strokes because I don’t know what else to do. What is most disheartening is that it seems I am surrounded by all the isms at all times because I am a black, female, minister, and an immigrant. I am overwhelmed and inundated by all the injustice that needs my attention.
Truth be told, I don’t know where to start. Just as I thought to throw all my weight and might behind the preservation of black lives and law enforcement reform, Standing Rock and the blood of their Indian ancestors cry out for very present justice. While brainstorming about how I can help with that, a Muslim ban (that bans me too) explodes onto my radar. As I begin to focus there, racism rears its ugly head on the heels of sexism within my own religious denomination.
When we sit and think about all the injustice, all the unfairness, all the broken systems we are apart of, it is easy to become jaded, to think you can’t fix a system designed to break people groups, to think what’s the point?
And what is the point?
What is the point for believers in Jesus Christ? How does social justice fit in with the call, the commission?
Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
If you read Micah chapter 6, God states that He has a case against His people. He is asking them why don’t they trust Him? Why are they so cynical? Why are they tired of Him? The great God of Heaven and earth then lists His resume for a people that seemed to have forgotten how powerful He is.
God says, “You’re doing the most trying to act like you want to please me, but all I ask for is this…”
“Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.”
The same things that are happening today, disenfranchisement, marginalization, racial profiling, cheating/stealing, haves and have nots, genocide, all of it existed during this time in Israel as well. God is asking of me and you what He asked of Israel.
“Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.” I can almost hear Him saying, “Just do that and I’ll take care of the impossible task of dealing with the murderers, liars, and cheats.”
He wants a people that will listen to Him and do what is right no matter how bleak it looks. He wants people that will tune their ears to His voice and help in any way they can, then let Him do the rest. He wants a people that will not crush others with their beliefs and desired outcomes, but be gracious enough to offer mercy where it is needed. He wants a people that do not live in fear because they know who their God is and what He is capable of. He wants fair, humble, mercy-giving, followers that trust Him enough to do anything because of His track record in their lives.
This is Christ’s example to us. Wasn’t He fair? Didn’t He show mercy to those who needed it? Wasn’t He humble though He was God in human flesh? Isn’t this the winning combination that drew men and women to repentance and salvation?
I don’t know what He wants me to do about all the injustices I see, but I am listening and praying that when I hear it, I’ll be faithful enough to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”