“Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” – Amos 5:18-24
Heard the above with fresh ears on Sunday. Some semi-random thoughts:
It’s funny how many Christians these days look forward to the Second Coming as if it will be a day when Jesus comes to enforce their idea of morality on all nations. A day when the world will finally be the way they think it should be. I suspect these folks are missing the point as much as the scribes and Pharisees missed the point in Jesus’ day, thinking the Messiah was coming to remove the Roman occupation from Israel. How much broader His plan was — welcoming Gentiles into God’s kingdom — bringing even the Romans to faith and conquering them with love. It took only 300 years for the Messiah’s message to capture the Roman Emporer himself — who among the Pharisees would have predicted that?
But the Messiah’s day was a dark one. As the innocent blood shed on a cross passed judgement on the evil in the world, the sky darkened and earthquakes rocked the land. Likewise when the Messiah returns, the day will be dark, the prophet Amos says: a day of pain and tragedy, of fear and gloom. The day is coming, but to be an eyewitness is not something to be wished for.
What then? God Himself provides the answer: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Live justly. Treat people with fairness regardless of who they are, how they make their living, or all the other demographics people get so hung up on. Work for what is right. Celebrate when the good wins out. Do our part faithfully, and God will take care of the rest.