Thursday, October 05, 2006

Walking in Agreement

I was reading the book of Amos when I came to the familiar passage where God poses this question: "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" While we usually interpret this passage in the light of two people walking together in agreement, the context in which God asks the question is in connection with Israel walking in disobedience.
So we need to interpret this question by asking, "Can we walk with God if we're not in agreement with him?" I have this sneaking suspicion that if the truth was known, we would discover that we are out of sync with God. We have deceived ourselves with our traditions and institutions, believing that our involvement with these puts us in agreement with God. But God says through this same prophet that he hates and rejects our conferences, nor does he delight in our church services, he doesn't accept our tithes and offerings, he calls our praise and worship songs noise that he wants taken away from him, saying he will not listen to our music. What he desires is justice and righteousness (Amos 5:21-24).
All of these practices are just empty shells, superficial traditions without the substance of justice and righteousness. These two qualities are evidence of the kingdom. Walking in righteousness and justice is walking in agreement with God.

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