Peter Brady didn’t do it – Can you?

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Lenten Reflection on Micah 6

Greg, Peter, and Bobby were just being themselves. Kids goofing off because mom and dad weren’t home. They were playing with a basketball in their room and that’s when it happened.

 

They knew they weren’t supposed to do it but they did it anyway. The rules were pretty simple and one of the top ones was “don’t play ball in the house.” Yet they did and damage happened. They tried to hide the evidence but they couldn’t because the damage was done. The vase was broken and there was no going back.

I won’t ruin this episode with any spoilers beyond what I have told you already. Yet, the scripture today was a reminder to me of this episode. God has certain requirements or expectations for us as well. How we choose to respond is up to us but we know what they are.

Micah reminds the people in today’s reading of what behavior God is seeking from the people. How many times must they be reminded? How many times must we? Unlike Carol and Mike Brady these rules aren’t simply a matter of a list of “do nots.” Instead, God’s expectations are rules for community living. Ways to be obedient to God and to live with each other in a meaningful and productive way.

Care for each other and seek what is right for each other and continue to walk with God. These simple things are powerful and revolutionary in fact. Yet, so often we choose to ignore them and follow our own agenda. We go through life thinking they apply to others and not ourselves.

We think that things like justice and mercy are okay but not our ultimate goals. We put more value on our wants and desires and less on other people. Micah is a warning what happens when we continue to do that.

You will eat but not be satisfied;
    your stomach will still be empty.[e]
You will store up but save nothing,
    because what you save[f] I will give to the sword.

How long will we continue to “play ball in the house” and ignore the words of life from God?

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One thought on “Peter Brady didn’t do it – Can you?

  1. Helen Barclay says:

    Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
    and the short ephah,[c] which is accursed?
    11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
    with a bag of false weights?
    12 Your rich people are violent;
    your inhabitants are liars
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.
    13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
    to ruin[d] you because of your sins.

    Does this describe our current election process?

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