What God requires.

Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, 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 justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

God cares about social justice. Whether we sing the Psalms or rock out with a praise band, our worship of him is a stench in his nostrils if we do not also care for the poor. Our glass megachurches are filthy rags if we do not speak on behalf of the oppressed. The whole of Moses’ 666 laws can be summed up in the maxim to love the Lord with all of our passion, intellect and strength, worshiping Him alone, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus makes it clear in the gospels that we cannot love God without also loving our neighbor.

God wants us to LOVE mercy. Not to just tolerate merciful acts. Not to revile the naive idealism of those who call for mercy. We should be the first to call for the liberation of captives, we should be the ones ministering the recovery of sight to the blind. When a politician with whom we do not agree errs on the side of true Christian charity, we should rejoice. We belong in love’s cheering section, rejoicing with the angels at the halting steps of every prodigal turned home, waving a torch in the darkness for all who wander from the path.

God wants us to walk humbly with Him. We have nothing to lord over our fellow image bearers. We are all dumb sheep, often astray, and we do well to remember it. It is not for us to revile. It is not for us to return insult. We follow the Lamb of God, who opened not his mouth at mockers, and suffered greatly on our behalf.

That’s it.


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