Sermon Living the Good Life
How clearly do you see the promise & peril of our country during the 2016 election? Are you able to see that there is an American Dream, and that you share in its promise? Can you see how God’s hope is calling us forward? Do you see your part to play in solving our perilous problems? Do you believe that our national motto, “In God we trust”, provides our pathway forward?
THE PERIL – Our greatest challenge as Americans is to identify and claim that “common good” which holds us together. Without a common good, we are fragmented by self interests which cause us to war against each other. With a common good we pull together into a shared effort to help each person engage God’s dream for their lives.
Every generation of Americans has to flesh out this common good. And we are in the midst of a colossal struggle to do this effectively in 2016. Our future existence as a nation depends on our national spirit, our “e pluribus unum”, which is teetering on unbridled disunity.
THE PROMISE – Long ago, when another nation confronted a historical crisis, God called out a preacher who was willing to preach ethics around the ultimate common good. The prophet Micah saw the promise and declared, “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)
This Hebrew prophet, who lived 700+ years before his prophecy would be fulfilled that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), clarified how we can answer the “promise & peril” questions. Look closely. Listen carefully. This is my sermon series for April.
- “God has showed you” – Let’s agree on what we know. God calls us to act on what we know to get to what we don’t know.
- “O people” – See yourself as a people and as a person. Discernment is required for knowing when to stand with people, when to stand apart as an individual.
- “What is good” – Claim that God provides a common good which is the source of our good will towards each other.
- “What is required of you” – Act. You have a part to play in growing goodness in our world. Begin by personally growing goodness in your life.
- “To do justice” – Be noble by seeing that it is our responsibility to apply justice in everyone of our relationships. As Jesus said, “do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
- “To love mercy” – Be kind. Love compassionately by loving people. Build hope by healing hurts. Be a Good Samaritan.
- “And to walk humbly with your God” – Be a life long learner and doer by yearning to live in God’s presence.
In light of Micah 6:8 what commitments are you making?
Pastor Les Hollon - April 3, 2016
Living the Good Life
From Series: "Micah 6:8: Living the Promise"
"The Lord has showed you O people what is good, and what is required of you. Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 is one of God's great promises. We need it personally, and as a nation. Uniting around the "common good" is also what our world desperately needs. Last month, when walking through the land of Israel and Jordan, I felt refreshed by walking through promises of the Bible while in the Holy Land. In that region where struggle is constant, and shalom among people groups is tenuous - God's promises still reign.