Take a few minutes and listen to this beautiful new song by Joshua Miller.
Amos 5:21-24 The Message
“I can’t stand your religious 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.
Reading Amos 5:21-24 over the last month especially in Eugene H. Petersons modern day paraphrase called The Message Has been very poignant.
Here we are literally at home, unable to have Sunday morning worship services much less conferences due to the Coronavirus (at least in Chicago) when we are faced with yet another killing of a black man by police officer before our very eyes (George Floyd).
The protests begin. This injustice cannot continue to go on. Changes are made. Yes, some are symbolic. statues fall, giant letters read “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
But some real progress is made. L.A. pledges to defund the police and allocate what would have been budget increases to social services.
Minneapolis, who’s activists have been hard at work for many years, pledge to fully defund the police and establish holistic safety force.
In my own city of Chicago, this week two city high schools voted out police presence on their campuses. This is important because children of color are disproportionately arrested in school settings and the school to prison pipe line begins.