The prophet Micah builds a case against Israel: “Hear, O mountains the LORD’S accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against His people, He is lodging a charge against Israel.” (Micah 6:2). He speaks of the ruin they are about to bring upon themselves by their sin. Micah prophesied judgment against the people of Israel because of their idolatry (Micah 1), and against the rulers in Judah because of their injustice (Micah 2,3). Micah described the ultimate triumph of God’s mercy and compassion when Israel is purged of idolatry, peace and justice are restored, and the promises to Abraham are fulfilled (Micah 4,5; 6:18-20).
Micah asks and answers a simple and straightforward question: “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). God expects those who walk with Him to do justice and love mercy.
How do we integrate justice and mercy with our faith and ministry in our world today? What role does the church play in bringing about justice for the oppressed and compassion for the sick and hungry? What specific actions can we take that will have the greatest impact? What can I do personally? As Christ followers, we want to explore these ideas in depth and search out practical ways to make justice and compassion an integral part of our walk and witness.