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Monday, January 08, 2007

Gov. Strickland & Micah: He Has The Prophet's Words

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- At the end of last year, it was noted here Ohio's new governor believes elected officials should take very seriously the Old Testament Prophet Micah's injunction that leaders should be just, honest, kind and humble before God. Gov. Ted Strickland had Micah's words hanging in his congressional office for many years. Now we know he's placed them in the governor's office, which Strickland moved into today.

Micah 6:8 says: ''And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

Here is a bit of TDB's original Dec. 31 post about the prophet:

"Micah is not considered one of the Old Testament's major prophets. Encyclopedia Brittanica says he 'attacked the corruption of those in high places and social injustice' and that the Book of Micah is the 6th of the Twelve Prophets. He lived about 800 B.C. and the essence of his message seems to be that he was looking forward to the era of freedom, when all of the people of earth could worship in peace and religious infighting would end. He was the 'swords into plowshares' prophet: 'And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation and they shall not learn war any more.'"

"Micah also said God didn't want people to make sacrifices for him -- 'burnt offerings.' He wanted lives of peace, justice and kindness. Micah was a social justice guy. Nowadays, he's pretty influential with what might be called the Christian Left as opposed to the Christian Right personified by Pat Robertson et al.

There are a myriad of Micah items for sale that display the biblical quotation now gracing Gov. Strickland's office.

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