What is the Problem With Micah 6:8?

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV)

There is no problem with Micah 6:8. It is a great verse that contains a very clear explanation of what God wants for us.

However, there is a problem with how people get to this verse. Micah 6:8 is a very popular verse among liberal Christians. This is because it describes a beautiful way to live with nothing offensive to non-Christians. I believe that all Christians of all stripes should love and obey this verse.

The problem is that people ignore the context. If you look at the rest of Micah 6 you will see that it is surrounded by what I call “angry God” passages. What is ironic is that many of the people who really love Micah 6:8, hate the description of God in the rest of Micah 6.

You cannot pick out one inspired passage out of the rest of the writing of an “angry and bitter” prophet. If Micah 6:8 means anything, so does the rest of the chapter.

What Micah 6:8 is really about is a God who is extremely frustrated trying to explain in plain language what the expectations are so the people will not have to suffer any more.

So enjoy Micah 6:8. But read it in context.

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