Here’s Carly’s from last time. I appreciate how she underlined the wealth and injustice disparity in chapter six, which has been a relatable problem throughout history.
Now in chapter seven, Amos brings some heavy doom and gloom to these fat cats, and it’s not because he pursued a career in “ministry”.
“Then Amos replied to Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs. But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’” (7:14-15)
Amos was just a regular, hard working farmer and shepherd, who obeyed the LORD when He gave him a message.
Sometimes we excuse ourselves from doing the hard thing, or saying the hard thing, because “it’s not our job”. But who is the hander-outer of jobs… truly? No matter how you identify yourself, based on American labels of occupation, the LORD might give you something to do or say.
Amos didn’t chase after status. In fact, shepherds were considered beneath common society. The man’s just watching animals and growing fruit trees. But the LORD would have his words carry through millennia to our ears, because he was obedient when the LORD said Go prophesy.
It’s all about obedience, and what kind of obedience is the LORD fussing over in this book? Justice and righteousness. Specifically, treating the lowly with equal respect.
I think these days with the massive amount of news that comes at us from all over the world, it can be overwhelming and difficult to have true empathy. It’s easy to disassociate from the suffering of others, and difficult to imagine the horrific realities befalling millions of people worldwide as if it was happening to you or a loved one.
Even within the United States, after a mass shooting, many are quoted as saying, “I never thought it could happen here.” It’s always there, detached. It hits closer to home when you know a victim or the place being shot up was somewhere you’ve been.
Righteousness has much to do with treating others with the honor, respect and justice you’d hope you or a loved one would receive.
We don’t have the capacity to truly care about everything, but we can ask the LORD to helps us care more for the people He allows us to reach. We can all do it. Don’t leave it to the prophets.