As we continue in October, we continue in our Micah 6:8 Campaign. The Old Testament prophet expressed the frustration of his people to God, begging God for advice and instruction on what to do with their lives, and on how to live. Micah, shares what the Lord’s response was: to act justly, to love mercifully, and to walk humbly with God. This is still what God expects of us today.
Our focus in GUMY is to become the kinds of people, and to be the kind of community, that embodies this verse. So, what does it mean to act justly, to love mercifully and to walk humbly with God? John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, simplifies Micah 6:8 with his three simple rules:
- Do No Harm
- Do Good
- Do the things that keep you in love with God, with others, and with your own self.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing what each one of these means in greater depth. But for now, we can ask ourselves: is what I’m doing (or about to do) causing harm? Is it adding benefit and good to the life of another or to my own life? Is it drawing me into a more loving relationship with God, with others and with myself?
It is election season, which is an important season. For many of our youth, they are not old enough to vote, yet, are drastically impacted by both the election season and the election results. As adults, the way you engage in political rhetoric impacts your students. So, is the rhetoric you’re sharing doing harm, causing good, and drawing you and your family into a more loving harmony?
Furthermore, while youth can’t vote in the ballot, they do vote everyday with their attention, finances, clicks, consents and protests.
Each action we take is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in, and the kind of person we want to be.
What we spend our money on, or click on, or scroll through, or corporations we support or avoid, are all votes. So, as parents, leaders and care-givers are we modeling and empowering our youth to do no harm, do good, and do what keeps us in love in the ways we spend our time, money and attention?
Try this question with your youth and family:
What is one simple action we can take this week to do good? Or, what is one action we can stop taking that is causing harm?