Micah 3:8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.
Spoiler alert: Israel sinned again. Okay, that’s not really new news to anyone who has read the Old Testament. Those poor saps just couldn’t get it right. We like to scratch our heads about their ongoing failure, even though we probably have some of our own. We live in a world full of sin, don’t we? Much like in the time of Micah, sin abounds around us. So what do we do about that? What’s our personal response?
The first, is to choose to be different. Micah said, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord…” He wasn’t filled with sin; he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. Filled. In other words, there was no room for anything else except the Spirit of the Lord. The word full means that there isn’t room for anything else. So Micah chose to live with the power of the Lord in his might. He chose to live according to the spirit rather than the flesh.
Because of that decision, he had a voice. He was called to tell Israel about their sin. You don’t get the privilege of prophesying about sin when you are entrenched in it. If you tried to, everyone would know you were a fraud, a fake, a hypocrite. That’s why it was so important that Micah chose to be filled with the Spirit rather than consumed by the flesh. Living in sin like the rest of the people would have undone his message.
Sometimes we think we should live like everyone else so we don’t look “religious.” We engage in all the world’s activities and embrace it’s philosophies. We participate in culture because we don’t want to alienate people. Here’s the problem: we are called to be set apart, holy, children of the Lord. Our participation in the drinking night may not build bridges but instead reveal hypocrisy. We are the church, we are not the world. Like Micah, we have a voice. But our voice is to be used to speak into a situation that grieves God’s heart; it’s not to speak into a situation in which we are a part. Do you have a voice?