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  1. Celeste Lee
    11 May 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Thank you for bringing our attention to what we so easily pass over. Isaiah 1 clearly describes God's frustration and disappointment with His people for their treatment of others, yet I was always taught Isaiah 1 was about cleaning myself up, as if I can do that. In Sabbath School class on the 1st 4 chapters of Amos I shared how there are 27 million slaves in the world and that we each have an obligation to stand up for justice and fight injustice. There was discussion on some practical things that each person could do. Then one person stated that helping people by presenting the CHIP program was fighting slavery as people are inslaved to their food. Yes, that is true, but it took the focus off being a voice for those that do not have one and those physically held captive. For me it whitewashed the horror of human trafficking that I believe God calls us to respond to. Thank you again for bringing the one sided way judgement is usually focused on and reminding us we need balance. More than that we need action.

  2. Barry Wecker
    11 May 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Justice and Righteousness are indeed synonyms.  'Justice' is the Norman (French) equivalent of the AngloSaxon 'Righteousness'.  In French there is only one word — la justice.  In Spanish, the same — justicia.  (The Norman / AngloSaxon parallel structure of English).
    Amos brings up the 'theology of money' and places it directly in the centre of spirituality.  It invites to do some introspection of how we use our money personally, in our churches and in our communities. 
    It also should help us to realign our perspectives on relationships, spirituality and theology.
    Well written Mark.