Amos warns the wealthy that what they have gained by “trampling on the poor” will be lost. He tries to redirect the people to “seek good, not evil,” “hate evil, love good.”
When society places its priorities on the accumulation of wealth by whatever means, evil has already taken a front seat.
Employers closing facilities for cheaper, often exploited labor, leave communities bereft of jobs and public school funding. Seeking good? Allowing children to attend school in crumbling buildings with out-of-date texts, no basic supplies and over-wrought teachers speaks more to trampling on the poor than loving good.
Who will be the Amos of today to cry out for the children?
Lord help us to find our courage to speak for justice “at the gate,” - in the places where the most vulnerable gather. May we seek good and live. Amen.
Rev. Maggie Sebastian
VA Medical Center