Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nothing Personal

(by Lauren F. Winner for Boundless Webzine)

It can be easy to think that the main actions our Christian faith asks of us are personal, even private actions: You participate in a small group; you faithfully set aside time each morning for prayer and Bible study; you are vigilant about your sexual behavior.

All of that is great, of course, and right in line with the gospel's demands. But the gospel also calls us to embody our faith in service: in caring for the poor, for the widowed, and for the orphaned. We are called to be people concerned with justice and charity. We are, in the words of the prophet Micah, enjoined to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (6:8b, NIV).

I will admit that practicing justice and mercy toward others is a place where I need to grow.

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