justice • monday, september 28

Read Micah 5: 24 and 6:8

Football coach Barry Switzer famously said, “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” When we look around at people in our communities who were born on first base – or are just walking up from the dugout – often we look at them with a sense of superiority instead of humbly recognizing our own good luck at being born in a position of privilege.

As you reflect on your own life, can you identify places where you were born on third base? What advantages in your life do you take for granted?

Are there assumptions you have made about other people for which you need to repent? How do you feel about considering yourself a person of privilege? How do we hold in tension our positions of privilege (which we did nothing to earn) and our work ethic (which is in our power to control)?

Perhaps you feel as though you’re the one just coming up to bat… what do you need from your teammates to help you start rounding the bases?

In these beloved scriptures from Amos, justice is connected with other virtues. Can justice exist separately from righteousness, mercy, and humility?

Karla Daniel
Justice:  September 27 – October 3

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