Don't forsake the forgotten. Micah lamented over the rampant injustices within Judah (Micah 1:8). People defrauded one another and plotted to deprive fellow citizens of their livelihood and their lands (2:1-2). Judah's appointed leaders' oppression of the poor rivaled cannibalism (3:1-3) as they judged favorably for bribes (v11). Even Judah's prophets created positive messages for supporters and negative messages for those who couldn't (v5). Judah's assurance in God had turned to self-deception as they assumed immunity to all wrong (v6-7). Today Christians run the same risk of using their assurance in Christ as a rubber stamp for their misdeeds (Romans 6). Many declare that their blessings at the expense of others are from God, writing loans people can't afford, fleecing patrons for higher margins, and suppressing wages for bonuses. We too shamelessly buy and lobby leaders for selfish interests. Like Judah's false prophets we happily skip Christ's countless messages on helping the poor (Matt.19:21) and avoiding riches (6:24). Narcissism in the name of God doesn't fit a “Christian” nation.
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.