Slogans of Hope – A Reflection on the book Micah (@nicolahwriter)

Do you have any of those fridge magnets with slogans on? You know the kind you buy in card shops and then smirk at every time you go to grab the milk out of the fridge?

I have one with ‘I can only please one person a day. Today isn’t your day and tomorrow doesn’t look good either.’ Possibly not the most Christian message in the world but it serves to remind me of the slogans we pick up over time. Lines and verses that remind us of things, nuggets of information and inspiration that inform the way we see the world.

The book of Micah is a bit like that for me. It is full of these little nuggets that seem to just float around inside helping me to make sense of the world. They are lines that express something that helps to orientate me in the maze of life.

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One such snippet is this,

‘In this day says the Lord I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted. The lame I will make the remnant and those who were cast off a strong nation…’ Micah 4:6-7

This is a snippet, a slogan of how things ought to be, a slogan of hope. It reflects the tendency towards the down trodden, the people that the world so commonly and seemingly easily rejects, in the Bible. This is so strongly picked up in the teaching of Jesus and simultaneously so well and so poorly applied by the church throughout history that it is enough to make you weep.

We can probably all agree, though, that despite thousands of years of this kind of talk the counter cultural message of social reversal, of the least being the greatest, remains as Micah saw it. A vision, a beautiful one at that, of a future when God restores things as they should be rather than a present reality.

Still, seeing it, holding on to it and remembering it can help us now to try to reorient our thinking and the way we see the world. It might not be the most scholarly way to approach but gathering snippets, little memory jogs and sign posts for the way, is another way the Bible can speak to us today. Perhaps it is another way to allow God’s vision for how the world ought to be to slowly and surely cloud our vision until it is our own.

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