February 2, 2015
“Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.” (Amos 2:13)
Conclusion . . .
In reviewing Amos 1 and 2, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the sins of Israel and Judah are mentioned along with the sins of their enemies, the gentile nations around them. In other words, whether our sin is spiritual or physical in nature, or a combination thereof, God condemns both. Although we may classify sin relative to its level of human rights violation, God makes no such distinction. For to Him, sin is sin, and as such, evokes His wrath and judgment.
One of the real dangers the Church faces is categorizing sin according to man’s understanding. We have a tendency to consider some sins more egregious than others, thereby deserving greater judgment and/or punishment. To some extent, this is understandable. But, it is not the way God thinks. Whereas we may wink at the so-called “lesser” sins, God does not. He knows that sin will always escalate, if left to itself. For example, we may think pornography is a victimless crime; but God knows the power it carries to destroy the life of its participant, as well as its ability to destroy the lives of others.
We must never forget this Kingdom Principle: The power of sin will always be crushed by the power of repentance. Unfortunately, the Israelites ignored this truth. How much longer will we?
One final note: The comparison between ancient Israel and America, as it relates to sin and the deterioration of society is alarming to say the least. The question of relevance is this: What can we do to make a difference for the Kingdom of God?
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