“Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: ‘Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.’ … Then Amaziah said to Amos, ‘Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.’
Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” Now then, hear the word of the Lord …’ “~Amos 7:10,12-16a (NIV)
This week we considered how Amos left his small town (comfort zone) to obey God’s calling and how Amos’s words relate to our world today (Amos 5:24, “But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”).
Where Amos preached the land was filled with idol worship, “religionist” hypocrisy and lack of justice. In other words, full of deception and sin. Does this sound familiar? Amos preached the truth, and was HATED for it.
Our own country is currently divided and screwed up. In one camp we have the PC police and in the other the PC police are referred to as “woke camp”. Both sides may have good intentions and even declare that God is on their side (and consequently the other side must be evil incarnate).
One of the truly evil men of the last century, Joseph Stalin stated, “He who controls the language controls the world”.
When Amos spoke truth to the culture he never desired to be accepted; he desired to be heard.
Daily Battle Order:
You considered this week what is God’s truth. Are you willing to speak God's truth to your culture? How about within your own family?