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November 10, 2016

What does the Lord require of you?

(This post was composed on November 9...)
 
Micah 6:8   (NRSV)
 
He has told you, O mortal, 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?
 
There are those days, some more vivid than others, where you wake up wondering where you are…the place you are is not the place you thought it was.
 
That was my experience this morning.  This is not the country I thought it was, these are not the values I thought were held dear, these are not the people I believed lived in this place.  It was a bit like wonderland…but incredulity was more the sense of things…not wonder.
 
So many hurtful words were hurled about these past months…so many people denigrated, abused, dishonored.  To be a person of color in this country, to be an immigrant, to be a person of faith not of the dominant order…just became a bit scarier, or maybe a whole lot scarier.
 
Those things are part of the landscape...painful parts of the landscape, but the truth is….The prophet Micah’s words were a clarion call to all who take scripture seriously long before this surprising election result, and they will still give clarity to God’s hope and expectation long after.  What does God require of you, of me, of us?  To do justice, love kindness, to walk humbly with God.  True yesterday, true today, true tomorrow.
 
The path ahead is crystal clear.  The road is unambiguously marked.  Without a doubt, followers of this way of being in the world, this way of Jesus, this way of the prophets, is the way we are called to go.  It is the way, whether your president is named Clinton or Trump.
 
Let us go on the way together.
 
Pastor Dan

 

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