Amos 6:1,3-6 NASB
¹Woe to those who are at ease in Zion And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria …
³Do you put off the day of calamity, And would you bring near the seat of violence ⁴Those who recline on beds of ivory, And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock, And calves from the midst of the stall, ⁵who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, ⁶who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
If helping is also preventing the need, then we must not only strike the iron when it is hot, but also until it is hot.
▪︎ So we need to broach themes before they are popular.
▪︎ And ask questions before they make the front pages of the newspapers.
Let’s not be too impressed with what the illustrated magazines find current.
Knowing this, it may be our job to point out tomorrow’s problems now.
For example, to speak of the ever-growing divide between us and the people of the developing world precisely because this topic annoys most.
After all, in this black thundercloud they hear the growling of approaching thunderstorms.