THE STORY OF JESUS: Amos 5:18-7
“You have turned justice into poison.” (Amos 6:12)
How does justice become a poison?
When the courts become political, and the judges self-serving.
The poor and oppressed distrust the courts and the authorities.
“(You have turned) the fruit of righteousness into bitterness.” (Amos 6:12)
How does righteousness become bitterness?
When the righteous become proud, judgmental and condemning.
The common people and other ‘sinners’ turn away from God and faith.
Some would say this about politics and religion today.
People are disillusioned by both government and church.
As Jesus followers, we need to beware of politics and religion.
The poor and oppressed, the common and other ‘sinners’ were drawn to Jesus.
He blessed the poor and ‘sinners’, and called His disciples to do the same.
Throughout the ages God’s people have forgotten their calling.
Are we poisoning justice, and making righteousness bitter?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, do people experience us as fair and good? Do others taste Your goodness through me, or am I leaving a bad taste in their mouths?