Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.
For you are their glory and strength… – Psalms 89:14-17
As a rule, I leave the video-blogging to Rebekah. She has a natural facility with live media, and her “on camera” poise is remarkable. She knows how to connect with an audience, she thinks on her feet, and she has consistently been one of the (largely unheralded) best preachers in the Presbyterian Church for the past couple of decades.
I am a writer. That’s my trade and I feel very much at home doing exactly what I’m doing right now, which is thinking directly through my fingers and onto the screen via this keyboard.
Yet there is an authenticity, an immediacy, and a vulnerability in front of live video that I need to risk engaging once in a while. I enjoy teaching, and I always have a great time when I am asked to speak in front of a crowd; so putting myself in front of a lens shouldn’t be all that hard. But it is.
So here is my un-finessed reflection, recorded from the coolness of our deck in the early morning. It’s kind of a confessional, an “ah-hah” moment where, hopefully, I can drop a marker that says I have reached another helpful place in my ongoing journey toward being a just and righteous human person.
And remember that both justice and righteousness come from the same root in the Hebrew language. It is not possible to be righteous without also being just, and justice cannot stand without righteousness to back it up.
This is, I believe, what is needed. Protest without prayer is not so effective. Movements that have their roots in faith are always the most powerful (see my blog post on the fall of the Iron Curtain for a great example).
Here is my video post. I will be interested to see your response. Peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.