Greetings from SpiLiRa!
Heard a message on Micah 6:8 last night. “God has shown you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” The message was presented in an interesting way; three men each spoke on one of the three requirements.
At least, that’s what we were led to expect. That is what the power point said on the screen. What happened was each of the three men took the opportunity to tell us God loves us. I’ll admit the first did refer to justice a couple of times, and the second was by all reports a very kind man. The third admitted he had a lot of ego, probably too much to be talking on “walking humbly with God,” but that God loves us anyway.
Not a one of them said anything that was unscriptural, but neither did they speak to the scripture on which they were purporting to preach!
I’ve run into this homiletical practice before; perhaps it is a method taught at some seminaries. Between you and me, though, it drives me crazy. How could you preach on a text as powerful as Micah 6:8 and ignore the text?
The good news is the scripture for the week is one of my favorites, an essential text for faithful postmodern Christians, John 8: 31-32. Surely someone will actually speak, teach, or preach on this one!
Yes! this is annoying as all get-out. Sometimes it seems that the text is just dying to be proclaimed in the middle of a sermon such as that.