He has shown you, O mortal, 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.
Although we are not Christ, if we want to be Christians we must participate in Christ’s own magnanimous heart by engaging in responsible action that seizes the hour in complete freedom, facing the danger.
Most of us want to grow up to be extraordinary. When we are very young, we want to be astronauts, rock stars, ballerinas or professional athletes. As we get older we want to write the great American novel, own our own business, build beautiful homes. Or a similar desire to stand out drives us to want to work with the poor in Calcutta, save the whales or donate buckets of money to charity. Most of us are hard wired to want to make the grand gesture.
Bonhoeffer certainly was extraordinary. And he certainly wants us to stand up to the Nazi-sized injustices in the world no matter what the personal cost. But for us to engage in responsible action that seizes the hour, we should be looking to every hour and every action. The verse for today tells us that the Lord is not as pleased with 1000’s of rams, 10,000 rivers of olive oil or our firstborn (verse 7) as He is when we 1) act justly, 2) love mercy and 3) walk humbly. Something we can do this and every hour. Because the world around us, the people right next to us, desperately need the justice and mercy we can offer in our ordinary, humble way.
~Brian Vander Haak