“I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.” (Job 29:14)
Job makes this statement in the midst of a discussion about his involvement with social justice. When he says he clothed himself in righteousness and justice, he is telling us that a social consciousness permeated his daily life. Not only did he notice those around him who needed help, he did something about it.
In Psalm 41, David says: “Happy is one who is considerate of the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.” (Psalm 41:1) That Hebrew word, considerate (sakal) means to be wise or skillful toward the needy and vulnerable…to give sustained attention to them.
If we want to be a people who do justice, our first step is to arrive at a place where it becomes an important part of our life and faith. We need to wear it. We need to recognize injustice and then become skillful in doing something about it.
Join us Sunday for my final sermon in this “And Justice for All” series. Last week we asked the question why…this week it is how. See you Sunday!