Let Justice Roll Down
This week, in light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
I focused my daily devotional reading on the book of Amos.
Amos is a shepherd and Old Testament prophet, who proclaimed God's call for justice. I was challenged by the call to let
"justice roll down like a river, righteousness
like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5:24).
I was convicted by God's words for those who are "complacent" and "feel secure."
"Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mt. Samaria, you notable citizens of the foremost nation... You strum away on your harps like David. You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions... But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness" Amos 6:1, 5-6, 12
Friends, as much as this was a message for the people of Israel (who were comfortable and secure in Amos' time,) this is a word for us. We are the citizens of the foremost nation in the world. We have been blessed to be a blessing. We, who have been given much, are called to do much - and there's so much to be done.
So, let's respond faithfully and courageously. Let's speak out against injustice. Let's offer hospitality to those seeking refuge. Let's stand up for the voiceless, the weak, the outcast and marginalized.
None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. In the words of Emma Lazarus, let's do something to offer kindness and hospitality to our neighbors, in our own nation and abroad:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-most to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."