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Amos 5:21-24 – A Reflection

June 20, 2020

Amos the Prophet calls us today just as he called the Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. These words of the prophet were a part of his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” which was written to the the white moderate Christian pastors in the South who were cautioning him to move slowly. Sadly, those very cautions are echoed today in response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Slowly? How long must our sisters and brothers of color wait!

I hate, I despise your festivals, 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 offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:21-24

Now is the time for the white moderate and the white liberal to stand and speak out against the systemic injustice that has plagued our nation since the first slaves from Africa were brought over and since the slaughter of the First Nation Indigenous People. That was the cry I heard at the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival march today. We must be moved to listen to the voices of the oppressed and stand in solidarity with them. Then justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

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