Today I am making the “bold move” and not preaching on the Gospel text. Rather I am preaching on Amos. I don’t think I have ever done that before, but I am looking forward to it. I think the reason Amos caught my attention this week was the fact that we served at The Banquet (I’ll write more about this experience later) a couple days ago and then I read Amos talking about injustice. 2 + 2 were put together and the answer came back…preach on Amos. So that is what I am doing.
One of the questions I hear being asked is: What does God want? The answer comes in verse 24 of Amos 5 where God says through Amos, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” I think we miss way too many injustices that go on around us. We get so focused on doing what we think is so supremely important that we can’t see those who truly need to experience God’s love through us. We try to let ourselves off the hook by falling for Satan’s excuse that injustices only happen in poor countries thousands of miles away and that there is nothing we can do about it. Well…that’s not true. We can do something about it AND injustices don’t just happen across the sea…they happen in our own backyard. It’s funny…we can see injustices in Africa and Central America, but we can’t see them in our own communities.
I think we need to read Amos more often and listen to this prophet speak to us right now…here in this place so we can “…let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
Have a very blessed day with our eyes wide open. Amen