“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 6:8
Anyone else think that Micah could have made this call so much easier by wording it a little differently?
I mean, why not “love justice, walk kindly, and do humility.” That I can do.
I mean I love justice, I want to see it everywhere, but do justice? My hands? My feet? Doing justice? Wow, that actually requires some movement. That kind of starts making things a little uncomfortable.
I can force myself to walk in kindness, bite my tongue, let the other person go first. But loving kindness? That means my heart actually has to change.
I can't just simply conform my actions, I need to transform my heart. The commission of Micah here is radical.
This last month our creative tribe here at Shoreline was smacked with the reality that God actually rejects worship when its not bent out in compassion. Passages like Amos 5 and Isaiah 58 aggressively convey to us that He actually despises our endless songs and skillful playing if the outpour is not justice rolling down like waters and ever-flowing rivers.
Here in Micah 6 we are commissioned to go even further. Justice is something that requires movement. It requires action.
Justice is not third person.
It's not something that freedom fighters and executive politicians exercise. It’s my job. It's your job.
Kindness isn’t simply something you do. It’s not something you bring out in a line at the grocery store. We need to train our hearts to love kindness. To actually default to kindness. To be kind people in the core of who we are.
Humility is intentional. As intentional as walking to get to your destination, we walk intentionally alongside our God, every step a gift we don’t deserve.
Worship without compassion is self-medication.
When we worship on Sunday and walk out unchanged the rest of the week we degrade worship to moralistic therapeutic deism. Its a problem when Worship does more for our own therapy than bringing heaven to earth and when worship becomes about dulling the pain of our own hearts instead of realigning our hearts with the one we came to worship.
True worship, spirit and truth worship, actually calibrates our hearts to where God’s is and necessitates change. We start to do justice, love kindness, and walk in humility.
I believe the world is ready for justice to flow. And I think it’s going to start with the artists in the church. And if our demographics are correct, that's probably you.
I think with color, paint, melody, and song, justice is ready to flow. Freedom is ready to break forth.
So here's how we, at Shoreline Creative, are doing this:
All Worthy of Love is an organization that declares to the most seemingly worthless class of people in our society that they are of significant worth to their Father.
We literally take to the streets to feed, pray, and care for women caught in human trafficking and prostitution on the streets of Austin; just 7 minutes away from where we gather to worship.
With a lunch and hygiene kit we are creating opportunities for freedom and rescue. We are doing justice. We loving kindness. We are walking in humility serving the least of these. We are watching worship being forged into compassion, and watching freedom roll on to the streets of Austin.
And we need help.
We need people who are passionate about making the most beautiful sandwiches the world has seen; “Jesus loves you sandwiches.”
We need sponsors to help with gas and chips and drinks. We need people who are ready to answer Micah’s call and do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.
Are you ready? Let's go!
Article Written by Tyson Morlet | Worship Pastor at Shoreline Church, Austin, TX. Father of two girls and husband of 9 years, Tyson's mission is to see the Church (global and local) worship God in spirit and truth.