Amos 4:1–5, 12–13 – "Called to Account" – J. P. Kang
1. How do you handle the criticism of others? How is that a reflection of the deeper parts of who you are? How might you better look for the "silver lining" opportunity to grow and change in positive ways in such painful circumstances?
2. The economic injustice that is rampant in any consumer society (e.g., ancient Israel or the modern U.S.) affects both the oppressor and the one oppressed—which means that everyone suffers. The real question for those of us who have a larger financial and material stake (since total disengagement is not a viable option) is what are we doing for the poor and the needy (in contrast to how they are treated in Amos 4:1)? Will we be found faithful in this relationship?
3. Which is more dominant in your life and faith, the bad news that we are all sinful creatures (an obsessive focus on which may result in paralyzing fear) or the good news that we are forgiven in Jesus Christ (an obsessive focus on which may result in blinding pride)? How can we live in dynamic tension with both of these life-and-death truths, so that we don’t lose our connection with the reality of either?