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A View from the Altar / Didn’t run for this office
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Didn’t run for this office

Amos the prophet records an event in which he got on the business end of official displeasure.  He preached against the sins of Israel and foretold a judgment in which God would set a plumbline in the midst of Israel.  The plumbline is a metaphor of that which is absolutely straight and true, a standard by which we can discern what is tilted and crooked.  When God set his word and his law in Israel, the sins of the people were laid bare.  This is what law does — it reveals sins.  (Rom 3:20)

A man called Amaziah, one of the priests of Bethel, objected.  Bethel, you may recall, was the place where the first king of of the divided Israel had set up an image of a golden calf  (1 Kings 12:28-29) and repeated the sin of Aaron by proclaiming that this dumb idol was “Elohim” that had brought them from Egypt.  The priest of Bethel was therefore a false prophet.  No wonder he objected to Amos’ preaching against idolatry.  He was one of those who left the sermon with his bottom lip pushed out and complaining that the preacher might as well have called him out by name.

Amaziah came up with the only defense he could.  He feigned concern about his land and his king.  “Amos has conspired against the king, and the land is not able to bear all his words,” he mourned.  (Amos 7:10)  So he reviled the prophet and told him to leave Israel and go prophesy somewhere else.

Amos replied simply that he hadn’t asked for this job.  It was God who had called him from his farm and told him what to say.  If Amaziah had a complaint with the message, he should take it up with Management.  Amos considered himself to be just the postman.

Here’s the great thing about great faith.  Amos knew the certainty of his calling to such an extent that questions about the legitimacy of his message never surfaced.  It didn’t matter whether complainers were the lowly or the lofty, the message was the same for all, and the message was true, and Amos was authorized to speak it.

When you swim in the shark tanks of America, you need to lay hold on the same sense of certainty that Amos had about his authority from God.  “All power in heaven and earth is given unto me,” said Jesus, and then he followed with the command to go and tell the Gospel to everybody.  It’s a message of grace instead of a plumbline, and the complainers are from a different sort of priesthood, but the notion is just the same:  God has called people from humble stations to speak his word to the nations.  We are not upstarts seizing a power that is not ours to trouble an otherwise peaceful civilization.  We are instead called of God as Amos was to urge repentance upon a land that is appointed for  judgment.

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