Prayer: God Almighty, your way is justice and truth. Stir us from placidness and stagnancy. May our hearts burn with zeal for the correcting work of your Kingdom. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
Reading: Amos 5: 18-24 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I am sure that most of us have had that moment when we are driving along in the car with our family and/or friends and they ask us, “What’s your problem?! Why are you so grumpy today?” There could be various reasons, but many times it is something that is eating away at us, something is not right in our world and we just can’t let it go. Maybe we just heard a news story and it is just plain disturbing—why would someone do that?
Amos steers us away from mild grumpiness to full throttle irritation at the 100% prophetic level (don’t try this at home without safety gear and supervision). Amos draws our attention to the big picture. Amos is not just having a bad day. Amos is not just a little irked about a bad deal with the camel trader. The minor prophet is making a major point—you can’t act like you love God without hating injustice. You can’t hate injustice without doing something about it. You can’t sit back and just say, oh it will all be settled in the end. You can’t just hope for the end of days when God makes everything right. Amos does not allow us to just punch our worship card and go home.--Andrew Fitch
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