How do you know when sour cream has gone off? This has been an ongoing discussion (aka “argument”) in our house for as long as I remember. Our children don’t agree on this either. It’s a regular discussion because we always have it in our fridge. It would be a remarkably rare occurrence if you opened the Kennedy’s fridge and didn’t find at least one container of sour cream in there. Each and every time we “discuss” if there’s a difference between “best-buy” and “sell-by.” What if it hasn’t yet been opened? And sour cream, by definition, is something that’s already ‘off’!”
Why are we talking about sour cream? One of the difficult things that the book of Amos raises for Christians and the Church is the reality that Israel, the people that God sent Amos to speak to, were “too far gone.” In the last main section of Amos (chapters 7-9), we move into a section that is more clearly stating that judgement and exile “are coming” rather than warnings that it “might come.” That is sobering. For us, 2,700 years later, Amos raises many difficult but important questions, like “How can we avoid getting to such a bad place?” and “How do you know when someone/God’s people are too far gone?”
- Confession vs Repentance (not actually changing)
- Making God conform to our preferences
I encourage you to take some time this week to read and reflect on God’s Word in Amos 8:1-10. Sometimes God’s Word is hard, but it is always good and for our good. As you read and reflect, pray for yourself, your church, and the Church of Jesus Christ in this world. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,