Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Obadiah, Omission, and Justice

Every summer we take a break from our discipleship groups on Sunday mornings and just go through a book of the Bible together. Two years ago was Ephesians; last year was James. This year, we're going through twelve books of the Bible--the minor prophets. Twelve weeks of summer, one tiny Old Testament book per week.

This past Sunday: Obadiah.

Obadiah had some harsh words for the nation of Edom. When Israel was taken into exile, Edom stood by and watched it all go down. They looted the place after the Israelites had been taken away, even turning over some of their Israelite brothers and sisters to the invading country.
On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
I've heard there are two types of sin. The sin of commission is familiar: it's when we choose to do something wrong. But the sin of omission is equally important: it's when we choose to not do something right when given the opportunity. It's standing idly by while injustice occurs in front of us.

I don't ever want to be accused of being aloof while injustice happens around me. I don't ever want my life to be defined by inaction or passivity. I don't want to sit on my butt while children die from lack of clean drinking water or young girls are kidnapped into the sex slave trade or young people need education, food, water, and the Gospel. But if I do, I pray that God raises up a prophet to speak words of truth to wake me back up to God's reality!

What daily actions are you taking to do justice?

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