In this sermon, Pastor Neil poses the question: what does God want? He wants us to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly” with Him.” Here are some excerpts:
So, what does He want? First, says Micah, He wants us to “act justly.” Literally, it says: “Do justice.” The essence of justice is treating others with equity and fairness, with a special regard for people who are in a weaker position and are more vulnerable to be treated unjustly.
In our culture, of course, those most likely to be treated unjustly are the poor, African- Americans, and other minorities. A proper, biblical concern for justice must include justice for those who have been historically victimized by injustice, racial or otherwise. For the United States to be a truly just nation, we must be committed, not only in theory but in actual practice, to “justice for all” – not one system of justice for a certain group of people and a different system that too often violates or denies the rights of others.
Justice is not simply a social or political concern. Racial justice is not simply a social or political issue. I hope you see and understand that it is a biblical concern. It is a biblical issue…
What God is interested in is justice. With mercy and compassion added into the mix.
God is a God of justice. True justice is rooted in His character. To the extent that they are truly just, the laws of our country, or any country, reflect His character. Unjust laws and all practices that subvert justice violate His character. He is righteous in all His ways (Psalm 145:17).
Doing justice is our calling as Christians. This does not simply mean treating other people fairly in all our interactions and relationships. It does mean this. But it means more than this. It means pursuing justice and fairness for others who have been mistreated or subjected to injustice because of the color of their skin or their socio-economic status or where they are from or … any other descriptor we use to label or divide and demean people…
Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the sermon in its entirety.