Worship was one of the hardest things for me to work out alongside other topics, such as the trinity conflicting with the words of Jesus and the mark of the beast. This post will only focus on worship, the misguided views that many have on worship, and its importance.
Anyone who has read my posts will know that I focus on passages from the scriptures, forming my opinions based on what is written. This article is going to be no different. The passage under the microscope today is Amos 5:21-27.
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
You have undoubtedly heard from Christians who want to remain in their sins that “only God can judge me!”. Yet here is God asking the people to execute correct judgment and live righteously. Of course, outside of those people wanting to remain in their sins, they are also ignorant of the meanings of the words.
Fair judgment involves considering a matter and deciding the outcome without bias on the standards of God—an equitable balance of judgement irrespective of riches, race, relationship, status, etc.
God rejected their feast days (holydays/holidays), offerings, songs, and music. The misconception that worship is assembling, singing, and mouthing “praise God” is a myth. He does not delight in the fat of rams (offerings) but rather righteousness. We must live righteously and judge matters always with compassion and fairness.
The Most High does not delight in you asking for forgiveness but rather obedience. Neither does he rejoice in your celebrations, songs and offerings to him if you do not obey his voice, live righteously and judge fairly. Those who go to church and call it worship or praising God are sadly mistaken. God is interested in how you live your life according to his word. Outside of that, he is puts little weight. Of course he delights in your happiness, but you must obey him.
Amos 5:6-15 shows that turning to God, who made the seven stars and Orion, who created the night and day cycle, is to love the ones who speak uprightly, help the poor, not take bribes, not afflict the righteous and live uprightly. So often, we see the world hating the ones who speak the truth while celebrating sin as if it were righteousness.
This passage is so beautiful that I feel like crying. Not really, but it delights my heart and highlights that God shows clearly what he is most interested in from us. Unless we worship him in the way he has commanded through the way we live our lives, he will reject everything else.