Engage: A New Awakening

Last week I stated my conviction that we are living in a new Awakening. [1] I also refer to our time as “living in a Micah moment” (Micah 6:8.) It is a time of global crisis brought on by imperialism (collusion between politics and religion), demagogic leadership, and manifested in a plethora of ways that do great harm. It is a time that preserves supremacists who enrich the few at the expense of the many.

A Micah moment is also a time of opportunity—a time in which we “engage ourselves unto the Lord” (John Wesley) both to take aim and take action in overcoming evil with good. It is a time of deep trust that God is light, and that the darkness will not ultimately prevail (John 1:5).

The nouns in Micah 6:8 inspire us to take aim at justice, kindness, and humility. We aim for life that promotes the common good, shows compassion, and eschews hubris.

The verbs in Micah 6:8 enable us to take action through doing, loving, and walking. We enact long-haul discipleship, relating to everyone graciously, and doing so in every area of our lives.

In her book, ‘Fortune,’ Lisa Sharon Harper describes our time as an invitation from God to fix what is broken. In this time of new Awakening, we are players, not spectators. And thanks to Micah, we know where and what the Lord requires of us.

Richard Rohr’s book, ‘What Do We Do With Evil?’ is an excellent common reader to expand on Micah’s message. We begin reading it together on May 30th. You have time to get it and become part of the “Engage Group” experience. If you decide to do so, there is no formal registration, but it would be nice to know you will be on the journey. Use the Oboedire email (oboediresite@gmail.com) to let me know.

[1] I have a “New Awakening” series on Oboedire. It fleshes out what I only mention in this post. It is archived on the home page sidebar.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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