Micah 3:9-11 (New Living Translation)
Listen to me, you leaders of Israel! You hate justice and twist all that is right. You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption. You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach God’s laws only for a price; you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord. “No harm can come to us,” you say, “for the Lord is here among us.”
It often happens that we look at injustice and think to ourselves, “Someone really ought to DO something about that!” There is so much out of order in the world: poverty, violence, famine, homelessness, pollution, slave labor, addiction, elder abuse… the list could go on and on and on. It can be incredibly overwhelming to consider the need in our world — and the need right in our communities and families, as well.
The prophet Micah looked at the society in which he lived, and he felt God’s disgust for the abuses of power he witnessed. Fraud and vice in the leadership of both the government and the religious community. God’s heart was breaking for the people. In the midst of this corruption, Micah boldly proclaims: “But as for me, I am filled with power — with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion” (3:8).
Micah did not allow the sheer volume of need to silence his voice. He relied on God’s power and strength to make the message known. And we can do the same! Because often when we have that strong feeling that “someone ought to do something,” God answers quietly to us, “Someone ought to do something? Perhaps that person… is you.”
What injustice have you observed — in person or in the media — that made your blood boil?