A Note From Your Elder Chair

"…and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “ ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

                                                                                 — Matthew 22:35-40

"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

Just food for thought. Do not these two passages — one from the New Testament and one from the Old Testament — sum up what our modern-day Christianity, our modern day “Kingdom living,” is to be all about? Especially in light of the tribal (political, religious, racial, ethnic and gender) discord that is occurring in our presentday world?

I am, by natural inclination, an introvert. I have never been comfortable putting myself in front of other people. More so, I have never been comfortable speaking my truths to others (who I fear might not receive them well.) In fact, I have always used Micah 6:8 as an excuse not to speak my truths. My use of the scripture has allowed me the excuse to “quietly” be kind and walk humbly – and hope that by doing so I am doing justice. Therefore, I am amazed by the CCAH Justice Team, which meets regularly to discuss the charged issues of Kingdom living and then backs up their beliefs by holding a weekly public vigil on Saturday mornings on Thomas Street in Arlington Heights. To be honest, they are doing something that I don’t think I have the wherewithal to do.

But, in my heart of hearts, I know what they are doing is what God calls all Christians to do. The members of the Justice Team are boldly speaking their truths – those same truths spoken by the prophet Micah and by our Lord and savior, Jesus.

I have joined the Justice Team for two of their Saturday morning vigils just to get a taste of what they experience. What I have witnessed is encouraging. Their bravery is inspiring. Their kindness to those they are witnessing to is beautiful. Their actions are truly Kingdom living. And, to see them joined by neighbors adjacent to the church… is beyond words! (…Or is that perhaps also “Kingdom living”?)

We don’t all have to be members of the Justice Team, but God does call us to be active in “Kingdom living”. So, let me encourage you to find your place to boldly “speak truth”.

Prayer – Thank you God for the CCAH Justice Team. God, thank you for teachable moments. Thank you for giving me examples of “Kingdom living” that I can aspire to. God, give me the strength to engage in Kingdom living – and to speak the truths of Micah and of Jesus - as more of a part of my daily living. Amen.                                                                                      --- Dana Auman ---