A Charlois Pastoral Reflection

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

“… and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8b NRSV

There is no simpler path to lasting fulfillment than this list found in Micah of the Judeo-Christian bible.  This author cuts right to the way and makes it clear that God isn’t into all the fancy trappings of religion.  It is a simple faith that is what’s important.

Throughout the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament known as The Law, there are detailed descriptions of what is considered proper for worship and living life.  Most devout Jews tried to follow these requirements to the letter.  Unfortunately, they were no better for their endeavors, they still had miserable, sin filled lives.

There were some open-minded prophets that dared to question the religious authorities, but until Jesus came, they were usually ignored.  We do that today, we hear some gifted preacher proclaim another way, and the established religious elite brands them as an heretic.

I propose that we stop with the blanket condemnation of anything different and help people find a way for them to experience God for themselves.  If our faith is true, it has nothing to fear from a different perspective.  The truth always wins out in the long run.

Meditate on that for a while,

Go in God’s grace.

Pastor Yancy

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