Genesis 18:17-19 (NRSV)
17 The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; so that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Here in Genesis God is in an interpersonal debate asking wether or not Abraham should know the judgement rendered for Sodom and Gomorrah. God decides that Abraham should know. What is interesting is why God decides Abraham should know. God says, “I have chosen him.” Because Abraham is chosen he is privileged to knowledge others are not. But God doesn’t just choose Abraham. God chooses him and his descendants after him, “to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.”
This divine inside knowledge is real. It is when God gives us discernment others do not. It is when God speaks to our spirit and warns us of people and situations. It is when God’s will for us has been revealed to us. It is when God orders our steps, opens doors, and provides opportunities. It is when God gives us clear perception of the times. This inside knowledge is not just for our benefit. It is to follow a God like path of righteousness and justice. We are chosen to do right and to call others to do right.
Recently Kirk Franklin and others boycotted the Dove Awards and TBN for editing out parts of his acceptance speech (for the second time in recent years) that talked about racial injustice. Franklin unlike those who run TBN and the Dove awards is clearly perceiving the times. He is doing righteousness and justice. Given the reality that African Americans deal with day in and day out in the United States I’ve always wondered how long it would be before Gospel artists began to use their power, privilege, and voice to push back against the unrighteous silence and complicity in the evangelical Christian world. Seems like that day is here. That’s what being chosen looks like.
Lord we thank you for choosing us for such a time as this. Give us the mandate, the passion, the power to receive our purpose, and to do right. In Jesus Name.
Questions for Meditation
Have you ever thought about justice as a component of being chosen?
Have you ever thought about being chosen as hearing God’s direction?
Now pray God would chose you to do righteousness and justice.