I was up late the other night and watched a movie entitled, “The Pianist”, a depiction of World War II and the Polish Jews. I was moved by that cinema on more levels than I could possibly fathom. As tears began to fall and recognition and revelation came into view as to my current situation and the current situation of our country and the world, my heart broke for those people portrayed in the movie who existed long ago, as well as those living today in similar circumstances.
Here’s the jest of the sad portrayal of human lives and events. When Nazi Germany invaded Poland, they didn’t immediately put the Jewish people on trains for concentration camps toward their death. The first took away one liberty, then another freedom, then they labeled them, then moved them to the ghetto, then they took away their right to work and make money to feed their families. They wore them down, day after day, year after year, until the Jewish people became so tired and weak that they eventually, just to escape their current situation, willingly boarded trains….to concentration camps….to their death.
Amos 8:4-7 – Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,
“When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—
skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
6 buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
7 The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.
Do you realize the world that we live in today does the same exact thing? They look the other way out of fear of losing what belongs to them while their brother or sister is exploited. Do you realize that in our generation today, the middle class is being reduced daily. There is only rich or poor. Do you realize that those living in poverty are so accustomed to it that they don’t even see a way out, they are only trying to survive and are being put down for it by anyone with an opinion. Here is something Brother Casey Sones said the other day, “Dead people don’t have opinions.” Nothing could be more true. Those sitting on the other side of the tracks giving out their two cents of talk are not really living, so why does their opinion carry so much weight? The rich are living it up in their lavish homes shaking their heads when they have to drive near “that side of town”. Since when did we become so self-centered as humans? What makes us better than the Nazi’s of old Germany? Seriously!! And we sit around and wonder why we have a drug epidemic in this country. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.
What are YOU doing to make your world better? Flapping your jaws about the injustice, or lending a helping hand to those in need? The Lord sees all and His judgment is near.
You can read Amos 6-9 about the prophecy against idolatry and compacency\ at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Amos
To further your reading, consider this from:
Matthew 25:24-46(NIV) – “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
What are we DOING??? How many of the “least of these” are judged and mocked and ridiculed and pushed aside because the well to do society sits on their own thrones of self-righteousness? Sure, church pews are full but the during the drive home from church so people can be seen as part of social status, beggars are passed by and spit upon. How well do YOUR actions separate YOU from the pretentious?
Related Scriptures: Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21; Revelation 7:17