9th September 2016

Doing No Good Together? 

“Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.”
Micah 7:3 (ESVUK)

Is consensus necessarily the best way forward when making decisions? If a majority decision is reached by consensus in a meeting, or through an election, does that make it in and of itself a sound decision? Just because we agree on something, does that therefore make it right? History and Scripture suggest otherwise.

In Micah’s time the problem was that society’s main decision makers conspired together to profit from the people more than to serve them. It was probably difficult to catch these profiteers out, so intricate was the web of deceit that they wove around their actions and their words.

Micah spares no punches in condemning such élitist groups. Instead of working together to shepherd the people in their care, they were constantly up to no good and joined hands in an uneasy alliance to take advantage of others and to line their own pockets.

Surely, however, togetherness sounds a good idea? Yes, it does on one level, so what is the problem? Micah pinpoints it. “But as for me,” he wrote, “I will look to the Lord” (v.7). The problem was that the Lord was not at the centre of their togetherness.

There are plenty of examples of people who leave God out of their togetherness. Ananias and Sapphira is one (Acts 5:1-11), when a married couple agreed to deceive God. But, of course, God is not deceived.

Today togetherness takes many shapes and forms: marriage, family life, church congregations, company boards, help groups, governments, etc. Without the Lord in the midst of our togetherness things can go badly wrong. Even if there is consensus in decisions, it doesn’t mean that whatever is agreed is the best way forward.

It may sound a bit undemocratic, but let’s involve Jesus in all that we do and let him guide us in how we choose to live our lives. Perhaps, we could agree on this: but as for us, in our togetherness, let’s look to the Lord.

Prayer
Almighty Father, thank you for the togetherness we have in Jesus Christ through your Holy Spirit. Help us, please, in our togetherness, to look always to our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author: bible1
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. James is speaking at our Autumn Harvest Festival in Galway, Republic of Ireland, taking place 7-11 September at the Salhill Hotel, Galway. For more information, check http://gracecom.church/galway_harvest_festival/

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