May 14, 2016
First in a Three-Part Series
Link to Article Referenced in Sermon: Is It Time to Close Our Churches?
In this and my next two sermons, I take some time to meditate on this maxim from Micah 6.8:
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.
In my reflection on “do justice,” I look at the biblical words that are translated into “justice,” but much more often into “righteousness.” In Hebrew, the two words are “tsadaq” and “mishpat.” In Greek, the word is “dikaiosune.”
One of the problems with English translations of these words is that we are often led to think about this concept in personal piety or individual salvation rather than in a relational/communal/cosmic justice context that is often intended by the scriptural writers. So I spend some time looking at what passages would look like when read in their originally-intended justice context.