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The word “justice” is being used a lot lately. We use the phrase “justice for all,” but what does that mean? For some, justice is building a wall. For others, justice is tearing down walls. The way we understand justice too often finds itself in alignment with our politics and not our faith. “What does the Lord require?” the prophet Micah asked.
The answer? “To do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”
aJustATL is a non-profit, multi-platform social media campaign to connect Atlantans with various non-projects in the city. On their YouTube channel, they ask Atlantans, “What does justice mean to you?”
- What does justice mean to you? (If you are in a group, make signs like the people in the video did and then reveal them to each other. Share with one another what justice means to you. Where are there similarities and differences?)
- Read Micah 6:6-8. What does it mean to say that justice is required of us?
- How do justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God work together? Why are all three required?
- How can you live out this requirement in your community, nation, world?
My favorite sign from the video was “Justice = Batman.” There are times when we feel like all we need is a super hero to come in and drive out the darkness that is overwhelming our lives. Yet, Micah reminds us that we are all super heroes. Like Batman, we use our own intelligence and skills to combat the evil that roams around us.
I am remained of the famous quote by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
There will always be darkness that needs light. There will always be hate that needs love. There will always be injustice in need of justice.
“What does the Lord require, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?”
The Lord requires each of us to be super heroes, driving out darkness with light; hate with love; injustice with justice.
Lord, may your Holy Spirit dwell in us, around us, and through us as we strive to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. May we be the light in the darkness, the love amongst the hate, and the justice bearers among those who deliver injustice. Amen.