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, NRSV]
are a number of lists in the Bible that tell us the kinds of activities
we should be involved in as God's children. This is one of my
favorites. It's this coming Sunday's First Lesson. We are called to "do justice," which means to fight for the
rights of all people who are oppressed and not just those in the LGBT
community. I believe people will take us more seriously if we put some
of our time and energies into other justice causes such as poverty,
homelessness, domestic violence, and the environment. We cannot be a
single issue community.
Secondly, we are called to
"love kindness," which is better translated as mercy or compassion. The
Message translates this phrase as "be compassionate and loyal in your
love." Compassion means more than feeling pity for someone. It means
taking the time to learn what it feels like to walk in someone else's
shoes. If we are seen by the world as a compassionate community, we
will stand in a sharp contrast to the religious right who often come
across as angry and self-righteous.
Finally, we are
called to "walk humbly," which means we should not be filled with our
own self-importance but should seek to serve others, following the
example Jesus set for us. I have always found that service not only
blesses those who are being served, it blesses the servers as well.
It's important that we give back to the LGBT community as a way of
saying thanks to those who made great sacrifices to bring us to the
place we are now. Service helps us to remember what is truly important
in life so that we don't get distracted by trivial things.
one of these three speaks to you: Justice? Compassion? Service?
Pick one of them and make something happen today! Our world will be a
better place because of your efforts.