Amos 5:21-24 (New King James Version)
I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
Clearly, God values justice and righteousness more than demonstrations of religion–feasts, assemblies, offerings/sacrifices, and songs.
What does God mean by justice and righteousness? Are our theologians helping us wrestle with this?
Does my local congregation (or my denomination) put more thought into assemblies or to God’s priorities?
What might God say to us about our priorities today?