Promise & Peril: America’s Story

Micah 6:6-8; 7:18-20

“God has showed you O people what is good, what the Lord has required of you – but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

“America is great because she is good. If she ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

How well do you see the promise and peril of our country and the times in which we live? Are you able to see how you fit into God’s promise? And are you able to see your part in solving the problems to avoid personal and national peril?

The Hebrew prophet Micah, who lived 700+ years before Christ and prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (5:2) clarified how we can answer the “promise & peril” questions. Look closely. Listen carefully.

  • “God has showed you” calls us  to act on what we know about God to get to what we don’t know.
  • “What is good” identifies that God is the source of goodness. •”What is required of you” is that we grow goodness in our world by personally growing goodness into our lives,
  • “To do justice” is the noble lifestyle of enacting God’s righteousness in our relationships and with our responsibilities.
  • “To love mercy” stems from the compassion to heal hurts by our loving people. (Luke 10:25-37, the Good Samaritan parable.)
  • “And to walk humbly with your God” makes us into life long learners by yearning to live in God’s presence.

    In light of Micah 6:8 what commitment are you making this July 4th weekend?