Everyone needs to read this.
Every Christian needs to read this. Every Christian, pastor, leader, community organizer, and influencer needs to read this.
Whatever tribe, denomination, or team your roll with; whatever term or word you’re comfortable with; small church or mega church; organic or online; reformed or monastic; conservative or liberal…blah blah blah. You need to read this.
Because many of us think that God was addressing someone else when we read or preach Amos 5:21-24. You know…the other person, group, team, church; That other misguided and self-righteous quasi-Christian, borderline heretic, and religious legalist; the other person on the fence on that hot theological issue; the other liberal or conservatives; that feminist or ultimate fighting Jesus lover, and on and on.
But maybe…just maybe, God is actually speaking to YOU and ME.
In reading this version of Amos from The Message, I’m convicted that he’s definitely speaking to me.
In today’s christian subculture, I’ve noticed that it’s really cool, hip, and trendy to say, think, or feel the following words:
- Hate religion…Love Jesus
- Religion sucks
- Religion kills
- It’s all about Jesus and that’s all that matters.
And on and on. And on that note, we point the fingers and make fun of “these folks.”
But what if…?
Makes me wonder if we’ve actually become the folks we supposedly prophetically speak against from our pulpits, sermons, and conferences except we have no idea because we’ve become blind to our own righteousness or schemes.
Grace. Humility. Gentleness. Justice. Jesus.
Read this. What do you think?
I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.