On Sunday, January 29, the first lesson appointed for the day was Micah 6:1-8. The prophet proclaims to a broken, desperate, confused, discouraged, and likely well-intended people what precisely God requires of them. They, like most people of God, wanted to know what would be pleasing and acceptable to their Creator. Full of faith and doubt, hope and fear, wanting to do things right, they were answered plainly with what one Episcopal bishop, the Right Reverend Robert C. Wright of Atlanta, has suggested could be a concise personal creed.
Long ago, Micah wrote, “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?” Today, as I consider how I might precisely approach life on earth as a bold follower of Jesus, I am grateful for and share the following words of wisdom from Bishop Wright. With God’s help and in community with those who seek good, let us commit to do what we can to build up the kingdom of God on earth as in heaven and break down walls that separate the human family.
“Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God.” This is the good God has shown us. Looking for a concise personal creed? Here it is. Three action points approved by God. Small enough for a tattoo, big enough to guide your life, family, business, our nation and the world. The doing of each is its own reward. They can be accomplished without words. Each is subversive to the status quo. Consistently doing these goods will cause you to be simultaneously and in equal measure, adored and despised. But, take heart, good is where we’re from, what we’re made for.”
God’s blessings and peace as each of us is called to try.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector