Oceans of Justice

“I can’t stand your relgious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me?

Do you know what I want? I want justice–oceans of it. I want fairness–rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.” (Amos 5:21-24, The Message)

God just lays the smack down, doesn’t he?

And of course that last verse sounds a little more familiar in a more standard translation: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (NIV). It adds a little more heft in context.

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