Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tree of Life Day 31: Amos 4-8

God doesn't want us to go to church.

Can you let that sink in for a minute?  

No.  Seriously.  Quit thinking I'm being funny or provocative and just let it sink in.

"Take away from Me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps [guitars, organs, keyboards, drums - the instrument of your choosing] I will not listen..." (Amos 5.23).

Can you imagine if an angel of the Lord showed up Sunday morning and told all of us to go home because God had this kind of message like that for us?  No singing.  No Powerpoint slides.  No Chris Tomlin songs.  Just go home.

He told the northern kingdom of Israel that because He meant it.  He didn't want them to go to church.  In fact, it was worse than that:  the very instruments of their worship were what offended Him.  They thought they were praising God when they were provoking Him.  So go home!

He wanted them - and He wants us - to BE the church.

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5.24).

And there's a big difference.

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