So here’s the final installment of my little series that I’ve been doing, how fitting that it falls the day after Ash Wednesday. Just to recap, we’re talking about this video where, in small part, Justin Lee discusses Micah 6:8 by breaking it down into constituent pieces and discussing what each element means. I’ve talked about that, my thoughts, and generally related musings all month. And now there’s just this one little bit left.
Whenever I hear or read about Micah 6:8, it’s always been about three things. The three titles of the previous posts. Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly. But while “walk humbly with your God” is the whole phrase, I think the last part deserves to be talked about on its own merits. Because that’s the part that a) makes it all possible and b) makes it worthwhile.
It is easy to miss how powerful and honestly stunning the inclusion of these last words are. Then as now, religions don’t typically involve a personal relationship with the divine and it’s kind of a big deal. Lee uses a couple examples, like someone asking us to perform this or that task…. with Meryl Steep. Like, it’s the company that catches our attention more than any task they could possibly give us, right?
God comes to us and says, “I want you to do this with me.” Not because God is incapable but because relationship is important. Not only important, but desired. God is desirous of a relationship with us.
And that gives us humility and confidence. It is kind of awe-inspiring, the “fear of the LORD” kind of awe. It’s wild, much like being asked, a bleh citizen of no particular talent, to work with Meryl Streep. Intimidating, almost, but so exciting that you can’t help loving it. And then confidence because we know that Meryl is good enough to carry us both even if we mess up. And for the record, I have a grand total of zero qualms making Meryl Streep God in all these scenarios. Zero.
And there is an excellent queer corollary to this whole invitation to walk with God. We, as queer Christians, are not standing outside the church, knocking and hoping someone will let us in (if we’re good enough, if we comply, if we submit). We already are the body of Christ. We are already walking with God. God issues the invitations, not the church.
The outflow of this walk, the idea is, should not only change our lives but also the lives of those around us. God offers us living water not just to quench our thirst, but to flow out of us into the lives of others.
Looking at these past few weeks, here’s I guess a belated insight that maybe could’ve saved us all a bunch of time. I feel a little bit like, while worth talking about individually, doing justice and loving mercy and walking humbly are all pretty much the same thing. And they’re all boiled down in this last, mostly overlooked part. It’s about being with God. When you are living your life with God, your life will be suffused with the kind of perfect love that encapsulates justice and mercy and humility.
So I guess go into this week in the presence of God. God is, after all, with us.