AMOS 5:21-24 What are you doing about it??

21 “I hate all your show and pretense—
      the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
 22 I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings.
      I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.
 23 Away with your noisy hymns of praise!
      I will not listen to the music of your harps.
 24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice,
      an endless river of righteous living.

I just stumbled across this verse a few days ago and I can’t get it out of my mind. It expresses everything that’s been bottled up inside me, just waiting to be released. I’m sick of all the role-playing and religiosity that plagues the American Church. Too many people get stuck in the rut of mediocrity and luke-warm Christianity. We go through the motions on Sunday- say the prayers, sing the songs, repent for a weeks worth of sins and then go on with our lives with little to no change taking place. 

Shouldn’t the love we express to the Lord in worship compel us to change? Shouldn’t the songs we sing on Sunday be lived out Mon. -Sat? We’ve got to get to a place with the Lord where our worship begins to drive our lives, propelling us towards the demolishing of social injustices throughout the globe.

I love what the Lord says here in Amos, “I want to see a mighty flood of Justice, and an endless river of Righteous Living.” I have been wrestling with the idea of worship and justice, and how it is impossible for one to live without the other. Worship brings forth Justice. They are absolutely coexisting units. How can we worship the Lord with one hand and with the other hand do nothing about the injustices around the world? There’s thousands of young children being exploited in the sex trafficking business – What are we doing about it?? There’s millions and millions of starving children in Africa who have no family and are fighting to stay alive while an aids epidemic runs rampant – What are we doing about it? Millions of children right here in America can’t find love and affirmation from their parents so they run the streets, turning to drugs, alcohol, sex, and stealing – What are we doing about it?

God, teach us how to love!! May our worship of you compel us to bring justice to those who are exploited and to Fathering the orphan and the poor. Mercy Lord,     Mercy!

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2 Comments

  1. Good word. Lord help me change.

  2. Great word! I have been given a lot of thought recently about why my walk with Christ seems to be the same year after year. How we rationalize the sin that we enjoy. How after we accept Christ we are on fire, yet over time we become immune to things that used to convict us. I agree with your point about worship, how it shouldn’t just be a show or performance of songs, but a lifestyle. How can we sing the songs we do on Sunday and go out and participate in the same worldly lifestyle the rest of the week. Thanks for your passion!


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