I cannot remember a time that has been more unsettling or more uncertain—pandemic, recession, riots, human injustice. There have obviously been many major global events that have affected humanity over the centuries, but in my lifetime, this ranks high on my list of most challenging times. We are all witnessing the brokenness of humanity, the fragility of humanity, and the effects of prolonged human injustice. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I ask myself, “what is my role and my responsibility?” Scriptures tell me,
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV
Simple words, yet they can have a powerful impact on our day-to-day, seemingly unimportant encounters, and on the broader culture in our country. To act justly we must have the heart and mind of Christ, otherwise human justice will fall short. Take every moment to consider that Christ died for ALL.
Mercy is the compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. Loving mercy is humanly counterintuitive. We want our side heard and our rights protected. Yet the Lord calls us to something far beyond human understanding—freely giving compassion and forgiveness no matter what. We must practice mercy even when our emotions resist it.
Do not confuse the world’s inaccurate characterization of humility as a weakness. It is not a weakness. Jesus was God, yet he chose to walk among us and have relationship with us; becoming human for a greater purpose (to save us). Each one of us carries God-given talents, skills, and abilities. As believers we must see that in one another and know that apart from Jesus we are all imperfect and flawed sinners. Godly humility is a character trait that Jesus modeled for us to perfection.
As I consider the ongoing horrific events and unnecessary loss of life affecting the African American community, I ask myself how am I representing Christ? What can I do? I am going to take direction from Micah 6:8 in all my interactions. Will you join me?