November 3

Amos 5:21-24

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” vs. 24

Amos had been sent to proclaim the word of the Lord to Israel and he was not happy with what he saw. While people continued to practice the externals of religion, gathering on festival days for the singing of hymns and the offering of sacrifices, it was all a facade. While the rich were growing ever richer, and had multiple homes with ornate furnishings, the poor were being exploited and were suffering. So Amos issues a warning–unless the nation changed its ways it would be destroyed. The record shows that Israel’s rulers paid no attention to Amos–and within a few decades they were overthrown and Israel was no more. Now times have changed and in our country there are no dynastic rulers–instead there are elections, and every four years ordinary people cast ballots to choose leaders. But despite the obvious changes, if Amos were to visit, it’s unlikely he would be pleased. The age-old disparity between the rich and the poor has not gone away, and in some ways it has grown worse. The wealthy have more than enough while the needy compete for the leftovers. There are plenty of churches and lots of religion, but a dearth of compassion, grace, and mercy. And today we vote for leaders! Will this election bring change? Will justice roll down like water and righteousness like an everflowing stream? Will our votes make a difference? Some are hopeful–but others wonder!

Thought for the Day: Why don’t people listen to prophets?

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