People asked the prophet, “What is the one thing the Lord requires?” He responded: “He has told you, O mortal, 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).
Is that all? Really?
People asked Jesus, “What is the one thing, the one commandment that is above all other commandments?” He responded: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
Seriously? That’s it?
Micah and Jesus say: “Yes!”
Could it be that they understood when we make life more complicated than justice, kindness, humility and love, then terrible things tend happen?
When we make it more complicated than kindness, then we might excuse racist chants of “send her back.”
When we make it more complicated than justice, then we may ignore the harm done to the brown children of asylum-seekers who have been separated from their parents.
When we make it more complicated than humility, then we could overlook and perpetuate racial privilege.
When we make it more complicated than love, then we might defend hate, bigotry and discrimination.
When we make it more complicated that the main things that the prophet and Jesus said that it was all about, then we may be apathetic and silent when the President imitates the Ku Klux Klan by saying: “Love it or leave it.”
So, let’s stop making it so complicated.
Let’s be just. Let’s be kind. Let’s be humble. And let’s love all our neighbors.
And then, maybe, we will stop being so terrible.