Tuesday, June 25, 2013
okay, i was going to copy and paste some of the scriptures i read about in Amos, to show where i was going, but i realized it was too beat me up stuff-like. so let me summarize:
in this, God pointed out that we love to sacrifice. we love to boast about God. we love to follow the rules. so keep doing them. but he is not blessing it. he has sent us famine. he has sent us drought. he has sent us pestilence and disease. and we are not turning to him. we are not getting the picture. in amos 5, he is challenging us to seek good and not evil., maintain justice, and perhaps God will have mercy, so that we may live. (amos 5: 14-15) in 5:21-27, he hates and despises these religious feasts. he hates our offerings. he is hating on the noise in our songs, because there is no justice and no righteousness here. in amos 5, it appears that we have turned from worshipping him, to the stuff we made, in the worship we do, in the singing we sing that we SAID were to honor him, but actually, we started idolizing... that stuff! we have turned the alters to shrines! and in amos 6:1-7 (assorted & simplified by lisa speak) he states: "woe to you who are complacent, who feel secure, you notable men, to whom the people com. you do not grieve over the ruin. therefore you will be one of the first into exile." he is crying out: "there is serious wrong going on here. and you have compromised w/evil. bad bad bad. you think you are safe. you will be the first to go. "
oh how i love to obey the rules. i love for everything to be written down for me. i love to keep them in front of me. i don't have to think. i don't have to ponder. i just... follow the rules. but where there is God, there are few rules. where there is no God, there are many rules. and i have started... checklisting my life. but where was God?? soooo, he gave me poison ivy. w/boils. w/blisters. and for the first time, i looked at my skin, and i looked at this Bible, and in the old testament, if anyone had looked at me, it would have been serious. how can i say to them: "oh, this is just a weed. it will go away." when they were dealing with leprosy. they didn't have penicillin. they didn't have steroids. they had isolation. and fear. and worry, that maybe this wasn't temporary. maybe they would have to be shut out from family and friends.. forever. i know i know... dramatic. i warned you!!!!