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Amos 5:21-22, 24 I hate, I despise your festivals, I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them…But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
I’m grateful for this ringing reminder of what God truly wants from us: justice and righteousness, compassion and self-sacrifice. The call extends to everybody—all of us. Far beyond the clamor of partisan politics and divisions of culture and ideology is this simple message: God desires a movement of justice, mercy, and self-giving love. However beautiful our sanctuaries, however solemn our rituals, they pale in comparison to this offering. When we seek to please God—when we follow Jesus—the way is clear.
MOVING FORWARD: Read the entire lesson from Amos as well as Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” What are they saying to you today?