Amos cries out for social justice in response to the mistreatment of the poor by the wealthy Israelite’s who were focused on their own wealth and prosperity. Unfortunately, many parallels exist between ancient Israel’s quest for self seeking comfort, of being sure self is taken care of and the pursuits of wealth today. Sadly I don’t think we even see it as seeking wealth… we call it getting ahead. We call it Republican vs. Democrat and Democrat vs. Republican. All one needs to do is put political party aside and simply listen to the battles going on in government to know we are out of sync in so many areas. I wonder what would change if our government leaders from the President on down across the nation began to ask themselves the question “What would Jesus do”? Now there is a visual for us all. And, a question for all of us to ponder. What Would Jesus Think – What Would Jesus Do?
Amos reminds us that God has a different set of priorities. God wants justice to be the driving force in society (Amos 5:24). God detested the Israelite’s oppression of the poor, their complacency, and their pride. Therefore, judgement would come; but restoration would follow judgment.
It is too easy to fall into the trap of valuing what the world values and of desiring what the world says we deserve to have.
“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. The the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” Amos 5:14
Until next time,
tomorrows reading is in 6-9