A Model of Christian Charity by John Winthrop
Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck, and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together, in this work, as one man. We must entertain each other in brotherly affection. We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other; make others’ conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when He shall make us a praise and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, “may the Lord make it like that of New England.“ For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.
Think about your church. Is this the model your church follows?
I want my church to be one that does justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God. A church that seeks to do that is one worthy of all the eyes of people to see for when they see my church they see Christ.
Micah 6:8 (ESV)
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?
Modern day terms for the goal and vision in a church that wants to be a city set on a hill.
1. To do justly (do justice- fulfilling mutual obligations in a manner consistent with God’s moral law)
2. To love mercy (love kindness- doing unto others as you would have them do to you)
3. To walk humbly with our God. (faithfulness- day by day growing in relationship with God through His Word)