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STOP THE NOISE
hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me…
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Amos 5:21, 23, 24 (read 5:18-24) - NIV
This text raises
the question: What is the true worship of God?
Many people have
the image of an exalted God, seated on a throne and reveling in expressions of
worship and praise by his worshipers in religious meetings. Worship is
expressed in singing praise, saying prayers and presenting offerings. This
image turns God into a vain, egotistical tyrant who wants people to form “fan
clubs” and meet together to bow down to him and go into deliriums in his
The people lived
the illusion that God had pleasure in cult meetings with great celebrations,
offerings, praise songs and musical instruments. But the prophet Amos made a
radical statement that God rejects such manifestations. Speaking on behalf of
God, he used strong terms like "hate", "despise",
"stench", "will not listen" and "away
with the noise". Amos challenged the prevailing spirituality of
nation was enjoying a period of peace and prosperity. But, also, there was a
lot of injustice and dishonesty going on. There was a minority who exploited
others and had more resources to be able to be sumptuous in religious
manifestations. Dishonesty and corruption were part of day-by-day. The people
secluded themselves in the temple with acts of worship and self-illusion.
Outside, the world was very different.
services in the midst of injustice and dishonesty were affronts to God. God is
not a selfish egoist wanting praise and hype. His desire is to see His sons and
daughters live love by exercising compassion, justice and integrity. True
worship is not about religious acts within the temple, but in the practice of
The prophet uses
the images of "roll like a river" and "never-failing stream”.
These are figures of abundance and constancy. The mark of Christians should be
their effort to act fairly in the middle of materialism and greed and to put
"fairness" above "privileges”. Christian love also
produces the fruit of honesty, good character and steadfast integrity. Worship
that pleases God is that which is expressed in a life of righteousness (fairness).
Fortunately there are people who please God but who cannot bear to sit through
a worship service which ignores social reality and does not prepare them to
live in the world with which they constantly deal.
Much of what we
term as worship is very pagan. Pagan worship was intended to impress and
influence the gods and gain their sympathy and their favors. The deities had to
be conquered, or at least "bought". In contrast, the liturgy of
Christian worship should have the purpose of empowering us to exercise the
teachings of Jesus and follow His example as we live out our faith in all
aspects of our day-by-day. The true test of our faith is not in our theology or
religious practices but in how we relate in a redeeming way to the world in
which we live out our daily lives.
5:18-24 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Woe to you who long
for the day
of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
will be darkness, not light.
It will be as though a man fled from a lion
only to meet
as though he entered his house
his hand on the wall
only to have
a snake bite him.
Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—
without a ray of brightness?
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain