This passage from Amos is one of Brian’s all-time favorites. The prophet has some harsh words for religious festivals in the absence of justice and that’s a message that continues to be needed many millennia later. If you want another take on this passage, we looked at it a few years ago.
In this episode, we look at…
- the emphasis on “a personal relationship with Jesus” vs the emphasis we see in this passage
- public displays of religion that have become a part of modern American life
- the Biblical call to be a “social justice warrior”
- if your gospel isn’t good news, it isn’t the Gospel!
- the reality of violence and discrimination that transgender people face
- we’re talking about trans issues all month long. If you have a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org and join us for a webinar on Tuesday November 14 at 9pm eastern… register here
- social justice vs “getting people saved”
- rock bands vs organs … we all have planks in our eyes
- the call of God is to justice, and sometimes that call is messy
Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
as if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
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This article was published by Brian G. Murphy
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