Let Justice Roll Down Like Rivers…
More than 2,500 years ago these words were spoken by a 23 year old shepherd boy from Tekoa, a few miles away from Jerusalem.
His name was Amos and his dramatic words, calling for justice in an unjust society are recorded in the Bible 77 years before the birth of Christ.
I had to study the prophetic writings of Amos when I studied theology many years ago through the London University. I had to learn huge chunks of his work and it had a profound impact on me.
They sell the righteous for silver and the needy for a pair of shoes. They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressedamos 2:6f
He condemned religious people because they really didn’t get it! They thought that by doing lots of “religious” things, they could get away with treating the poor with contempt and wielding their power to oppress and exploit others.
Ring any bells?
I hate, I despise your religious feasts! I cannot stand your assemblies! Away with the noise of your songs!amos 5:21-23
we need an “amos” today!
Having worked for many years as the Founder and International Director of a practical aid and short term mission agency, I have seen the worst of what people can do to other people – in terms of exploitation.
At one time we were taking 300 people of all ages each year to some of the poorest locations on earth. We worked in 19 developing countries by invitation of local indigenous people groups who inspired us, challenged us and motivated us to go on to make a difference in a world of need.
One of the problems we all face in our Western culture is that we easily catch “compassion fatigue.”
We watch the charity appeals on TV with images of children in desperate situations and in the end, wait for the ad break to finish so we can get back to watching our favourite show!
We need an AMOS – a prophetic voice in our own generation – highlighting areas of injustice and calling for change.
We have seen some of that in protest movements, demonstrations and rallies. But we need to do more. Violence is never the answer. Violence breeds violence and simply builds a wall. We need to build bridges into places of influence, where change can be encouraged and instigated.
Do contact me if you would like to get into a discussion about what we can do together to change the world.
Let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing streamamos 5:24