Micah 6 Community: The Name
In the Old Testament as people were waiting for the coming Messiah they began getting confused about what was really important in this world. Many claimed that meaning and the way to God were through the ritual sacrifices established in the Torah. But through Micah, God gave us the thesis statement and standard by which we can all judge our walks with him.
6:8 “He has shown you people what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
Through our search of scriptures we could find no statement that better summarized our attitude and posture toward what we are setting about to do in the city of Pontiac. We plan to be a group of people who are living intentionally for the city on behalf of Jesus. This means that we will be a group who uses money, power, time and resources in a way as that will strengthen the community around us, which will in turn beg the questions of us.
Our prayer is that this will lead to the establishment of reproducing spiritual friendships, house churches and network of intentional communities.
Act Justly. In any area where you have a population that is poor, increasingly uneducated, increasingly dependent on the government for assistance, you will have injustice. This takes many shapes and forms including under-served schools, crime, drugs, exploitation of the weak in the forms of gang activity and prostitution, etc. We hope to move into the midst of these forms of injustice and provide a voice for those who have had it taken away or ignored.
Love Mercy. We believe the mercy of Christ is not something we experience only in heaven, but also something to be spread on this earth. Sometimes that means helping those with no means to help themselves: raising funds to get a family current on their mortgage, teaching a family how to grow vegetables in their back yards in order to off-set their food bills and live healthier, intervening in a domestic dispute. Other times it means forgiving those who look at you suspiciously on the street. We seek to be a community where people can expect this kind of mercy and can come to us seeking it.
Walk Humbly. We realize that we follow a spiritual legacy of being irrelevant. Jesus was a carpenter teaching in the Temple. Paul was a Jew trying to convert Gentiles. Patrick was a former slave converting his former masters. Peter was a Jew in the house of Cornelius. We are three college-educated white kids from across the country moving into an impoverished neighborhood outside of Detroit. We, in no way, think we have it figured out. However, we have humble hearts that are ready to listen and learn from those around us about what we can do best to serve our new community.
With God. It is easy for faith-based organizations to say that our actions are speaking for themselves. The result is that someone can come get food, clothing, education or friendship, but never hear the Gospel. Organizations have taken the words attributed to St. Francis to an extreme—“Preach the gospel everywhere you go, and when necessary use words.” What ends up happening is that deeds are done, and no one hears about Jesus. We believe that if no one comes to Christ through our work in the city of Pontiac then we have failed. We pray that the deeds we do act as a first contact point to greater opportunities for spiritual friendships.
Micah 6 Community, therefore takes its vision statement directly from the verse of its name:
Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.