Another piece of Old Testament fun…

After last night’s Micah quote, I thought I should stick down another of my favourite bits of prophecy. I love the stuff that you find in the ‘Book of the 12’…somehow so ancient and irrelevant and yet at the same time utterly contemporary and relevant beyond belief.

This time, it’s Amos (on behalf of God!) having a pop…

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects,your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice – oceans of it. I want fairness – rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

What does it have to say to us today? That we can fill our time with attending all the right conferences and reading all the right books, but unless we’re living out a life of justice and fairness it means absolutely squat. I’m convinced that is what The Salvation Army was called out to be…a group of people committed to being conduits of God’s justice, using whatever it takes to do that. We’ve messed up on fund raising schemes, we’ve spent too much time getting obsessed about image and PR, we keep inventing new strategies, we have fantastic Gospel Arts concerts that are all about excellence(and little else)…but what’s the point if underneath it all we’re just about prolonging the life of an out-of-date dinosaur that refuses to follow God’s clear leading.

And for that matter…what’s the point of an emerging church if it’s just seeking to do the same, tired old thing in spruced up packaging? Relevant music, great clips, slick preachers…same old guff…not about serving God or showing grace, but about how big our congregations are. I believe God is challenging us to take the message out in new ways, using all the modern tekki stuff we can, but we have to have that heart for justice that God demands from his people. Otherwise it would be as if it were ‘a resounding gong’.

And there was I thinking I’d gotten over my Marxist-Socialist faze…

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  2. Greatly enjoy reading your blog and the other SA blogs too. Amazing how relevant the Micah quotes are, just great. I think one of them was used in an inaugural presidential address in the USA some years ago. Anyway, keep up the good work and give my love to Cliff and Jean Bradbury who were my Corps Officers when I was in Gainsborough more years ago than I care to remember! Every blessing, Rita

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