Micah 6:8 He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. (CEB)
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Listen for here is what is being insisted upon us in the name of God. Perhaps. Go ahead and plead your case. Tell everyone what plans you have devised to build the good life. Give your best rationale; lay out your well-rehearsed defense of what you want to do. Then measure that against what we, as a people, have experienced in the name of God. Perhaps. Do you remember Egypt? And the leadership of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam? Recall for a moment the exchange between King Balak and Balaam of Beor or what we experienced from Shittim to Gilgal. As a people we were quite clear — we were the recipients of grace upon grace in the name of God. Perhaps. So, with memory of that sacred history, what is it to which we are persistently and insistently called? It certainly is not all the trappings of the temple liturgies of sacrificing burnt offerings. Is it not much more simple? The insistence that comes upon each one of us in the name of God (perhaps) is that we build our lives around justice, kindness, and humility.