“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6.8, NRSV
Why is it that most of the time when I hear Christians talking about the healthcare debate taking place in the political arena right now, what I normally hear is their concern over bureaucratic forms and procedures? Last night I overheard another local pastor who was sitting next to me in a coffee shop spend thirty minutes talking (more like ranting) about healthcare and the perceived corruption of the government. Not once did I hear him express and concern for people without adequate and affordable healthcare. Have we forgotten that as God’s people, we are called to pursue justice? Have we forgot that the object of justice, and hence the object of our concerns, is people and not bureaucratic forms and procedures.
I don’t know who has the better answer of the two between Democrats and Republicans. What I am confident about is that God could care less about what bureaucratic forms and procedures emerge, so long as his vision of (biblical) justice is pursued. It seems that Christians either have or are losing sight of that.
So here is the question: How do we get ourselves refocused on the biblical pursuit of justice?