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MINIMUM STANDARDS-PART ONE

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6.8

Are you a good person?

Most of us would like to think we are.

Long before Jesus entered time and space as a man to be the perfect example of goodness, the prophet Micah provided a clear description of what the goodness of God would look like.

To act justly. Some translations use the word “do” rather than “act.”  Those translations capture the proactive nature of God’s justice.  Elsewhere the prophet Jeremiah describes that proactivity.  “This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22.3)

Our idea of doing justly tragically is too passive.  We think of it as doing right towards the people we encounter in our personal dealings with them.  Or our idea of doing justly usurps God’s role and we want to be the people who enact the consequence on the one who has been unjust.

In the light of the Cross, how should go about the business of doing justly as people who are on mission with Jesus?

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