“Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).
The Holy Spirit nudged my heart: "Where is the Church in matters of justice?" Mercy ministries are many. We worship the Lord and teach people to walk with Him humbly. But justice? Hmm.
It's a loaded word in our society and has many connotations. But biblically, justice is impartial (God shows no favortism), reflects God's standards (Deuteronomy 1:17), is honest, and is a virtue (Philippians 4:8). God is a just Judge, has ruled that death is the penalty for sin, which is rebellion against God (Romans 6:23), and in a simultaneous act of justice and mercy, Jesus Christ died on the Cross to render justice for sin while also showing mercy by taking our rightful place.
CHS supports the local faith-based justice ministry, S.U.R.E. (Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity). I encourage you to attend the upcoming Action Assembly on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Auditorium (801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota).
Specifically, affordable housing will be addressed, and many city and county officials will attend. Be assured, this is not a rally, a protest, nor a demonstration. It is an orderly, well-facilitated assembly to let officials respond to the community's concerns. There are no surprise questions nor topics. Imagine over 1000 people together representing Sarasota County's faith community to be a presence for the need to provide more affordable housing for low-income, working families.
Did you know 36,000 households pay more than half their income on housing? Of that number, 14,800 make less than $31,000/year AND pay more than $15,500/year in rent. Sarasota County has little or no plan to address this crisis. We need to let our elected officials know that this is unjust: hurting families and driving away workers.
Click on the button to the left to get your free ticket or contact Fr. Michael, and he will get you a ticket. Thank you!
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former"(Matthew 23:23).