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Hear what the Lord says:
Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth,
for the Lord has an indictment against his people,
and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt
and redeemed you from the house of slavery,
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He 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?

-Micah 6:1-8

We don’t have to look very far to find people fighting against present-day injustices. These days, many non-profit organizations are advocating for the poor and disenfranchised while others are standing up for the abused and the oppressed. We even have entire college programs dedicated to fighting for global justice. It’s amazing to see our next generation realizing the many inequalities, biases, and wrongs existing in our world, and recognizing that they can be a part of change. Instead of batting a blind eye, they’re becoming more and more impassioned and stepping into the gap to promote justice.

If we’re honest, we all want judgment because deep down we know ignoring wrong is not good. We don’t want murderers to keep on murdering, abusers to keep on abusing, bullies to keep on bullying, liars to keep on lying, and so on. We want those hurtful behaviors to stop. And, so does God. Stopping wrongdoing is a good thing and when God stops any of us in our tracks it’s because he loves us. He doesn’t want us to go on living in a way that leads to our own destruction. Sin may seem fun for a time, but walking in direct opposition to the life we’re intended to live only results in further separation from the one who holds the key to breathing eternal life now.

When the prophet Micah speaks about what the Lord requires of us, he says, “[God] has told you … to do justice, to love kindness, to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). To walk in the way God intended us to walk is to walk in justice and to live at peace. This is why God enacts justice – because he fights for our peace. He desires for us to live at ease with him, loving what he loves, and living according to the way he designed us to live. Our community at South Fellowship celebrates when injustices are made right and we partner with an organization called Joy International. On June 10, we will be walking for justice at the Barefoot Mile. Join us as we walk together in the way of God’s kingdom.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text 0=””]

By Yvonne Biel 

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