Amos – Chapter 5: A Lament and Call to Repentance

Four chapters into Amos and God is still pissed off. Sigh. This dude needs some anger management therapy!

“Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them,  and Bethel will have no one to quench it.” – Amos 5:6

Believe in me or you will die. Not exactly the greatest selling point in the world. Believe in me or I will kill you but don’t forget I love you!

“You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards,  you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses  and how great your sins.” – Amos 5:11-12

The first statement is good. We shouldn’t tax the poor. We shouldn’t continue to build a system of income inequality in this world. But what has God done? Other than kill a few people, he’s done nothing to fix this and actually help the poor. God is just as guilty as the rich in the Bible.

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live.” – Amos 5:14

Okay, but is not killing, evil? If so, the god of the Bible is evil.

“Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them.” – Amos 5:22

Um…God is the one who demanded these offerings and demanded them in a very specific format.

God truly sucks as a leader. This is not how you convince people. This is not how you get people to believe and follow you. Sheesh.

Coming Soon: Amos – Chapter 6: Woe to the Complacent

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