Friday, January 09, 2009

Day 4: Still Micah?

"you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from their bones; who eat my peoples flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?" Micah 3:2-3

Whoa. Seriously Micah? I mean....you couldn't have just said "hey, you people who are misleading those I love"

Its intimidating sometimes, especially with passages like this in scripture. These verses come under the heading "Leaders and Prophets Rebuked". Wow. That's right. Leaders and Prophets. You may have thought, "enemies and warlords rebuked". But nope....it's directed at those who are actually in positions of leading/caring for God's people.

People in the book of Micah were complacent. They enjoyed listening to an "easy" religiosity. Surely God wouldn't do anything rash, right? They're doing fine.

Sound familiar? It's very tempting these days to do ministry in a way that looks attractive to people. Even in youth ministry, I've heard youth pastors offer salvation as a cure for teenage angst. I've seen children, teens, and adults claim Christ, and yet upon examination of their life - nothing has changed.

God calls us OUT of the broken covenant. We are called to love God, and to love others. As someone in ministry, that means the preaching of the FULL gospel message, not simply the chunks that are easy to digest. After all, it's evident that it's not just a "pet peeve" of Gods....apparently it gets him pretty riled up. :)

But we read Micah 2:12-13. "I will surely gather you.....like sheep in a pen......one who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break the gate and go out. Their king will pass before them, the Lord at their head."

It may not be an easy path, but it is the path led by Jesus Christ. The path of suffering. The path of new creation. The path of liberation.

May God help we who are leaders and prophetic ministers to not be deserving of such rebuke....

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