Although Micah veils his autobiographical information, his messages of judgment rest on the lofty ethical standards given to Israel on Sinai (Mic. 6:1-8), his message of hope on God’s unchanging faithfulness to Abraham. Rebuffed by his audience (2:6; 6:6-11), this flashing preacher lifted his almost solitary voice from the highest peaks of ethical standards above the clamorous masses. Even his prophecies of doom must be valued as I AM‘s gift to his people (cf. Num. 23:23; Deut. 18:14). Silence is a worse form of judgment (cf. Ezek. 7:26; Amos 8:2; Ps. 74.9). But even worse are preachers who preach only that God is love and will not judge sinners (cf. Mic. 2:11; 3:11).
- Bruce Waltke, A Commentary on Micah (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), 2.
If we believe what is true but are unwilling to confront sin and error then we are just as bad or worse than those who deny truth outright.
Run past the obvious Rob Bell implications and on to what is likely more relevant to most of us: too many in our churches are content to ignore difficult biblical truths so we can keep the peace. And while this is the case whether you are in the pew or in the pulpit, let us pastors and leaders also never lose sight of the truth that God’s judgments are always strongest for those who lead the people astray (cf. Mic. 3).
Friday, July 8, 2011
Silent Truth Is Public Error
From long-time friend of the blog Andrew Faris over at Someone Tell Me The Story: