It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fire Prevention, a Reflection on Amos 5:6-7, 10-13

Amos threatens--do what you are supposed to do or the Lord will devour you with an unquenchable fire. 

He describes the acts of injustice that will bring the nation to an end: trampling the rights of the poor and overtaxing the poor.

How are we doing? Do we take this message from Amos seriously? What would Amos say of us about how we are living our lives, what our priorities are?

For example, how concerned are we that the poor can be insured?

The United Methodist Church has long focused on the needs of the poor (although many of us individually don't act as if we did). As an illustration of this concern by the church, see the Four Areas of Focus. Here's an excerpt:

Over this quadrennium, the church will seek to focus the work of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world around these areas of ministry:
Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.Engaging in ministry with the poor.Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations.Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.

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