16th November 2018

The Real Deal

“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 (NRSV)

Politics is all around us and it affects the life of every human being on the planet. As I write I’m in the United States, with every news broadcast full of analysis about the midterm election results with both parties claiming victory while promising hope and change whilst criticising their opponents. On an international scale we are observing the rise of the far right, extremist groups and nationalism. In the UK we see the sense of frustration and uncertainty that surrounds March 29, Brexit and ‘The Deal.’

The prophet Micah speaks into our current political situation in which he foretold of a political leader, a King who is uniquely different and whom the world cannot resist. This man, Jesus, from the little and obscure town of Bethlehem, which means house of bread and war*, will feed and defend his people. This powerful and benevolent Messiah desires a relationship with a people whose hearts pursue justice—filled with mercy and compassion based in faithfulness.

The rallying cry of this unusual politician is “Follow me.” He is also the Doctor who makes house calls to the sin-sick souls because his desire is for us, our health and real world peace. This ruler is a man of, and with, the people (Matthew 9:9-13). The group of saints (called out ones), who follow him, reflect and respond to the ultimate sacrifice that was made, once for all, on the cross. Therefore, we are empowered to bring not political rhetoric with its empty promises, but Good News filled with genuine hope, offering transformation to a world that needs to hear day by day that they are included, special and precious. That’s the real deal.

Prayer
Father, as scripture reminds us, we pray for our leaders and ask that you give them wisdom. We also thank you for the call to participate in a better kingdom today as we look forward to it in all its fullness. Come Lord Jesus.
Amen
Study by David Gibbs
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• https://www.christianity.com/jesus/birth-of-jesus/bethlehem/the-house-of-bread-and-war.html

About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and on the Pastoral Council in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 0777-7667635
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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