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Randomness, Year 2
Issue 32

Amos 6--Exile and Apostolicity

Well, here we are. Again. An issue of Randomness. Getting to be a bit of a routine, isnt it? I mean, youre probably all thinking, "Here's Matt's thoughts. Wow. Im beyond excited . . ." Rumour has it Im verbose. Verbose??! Me??! Okay, so obviously I know I am. But it canna be elped. Just have to live with it, I guess. Where was I going? Meh.

It's rather amazing how God works, isnt it? You all know how I've been going on about Christian xenophobia, the Christian subculture, etc. Some of you were there for what I'm about to say, so bear with me. I had to lead Bible study at school one day. I had nothing prepared (no big surprise, eh?). So I just started talking on this subject. And God was definitely letting other people in on these revelations of mine. One of the Arnolds said he'd just read something about that in Amos. Amos 6, actually. I think we should pay heed to the word of God. I think we should get out and do something, 'kay? Well, here's Amos 6:

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!
Go to Calneh and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,
and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the evil day
and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds inlaid with ivory
and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David
and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile:
your feasting and lounging will end.

Just for the record, were in an exilic period. I'm not the first to say this everywhere. The Church is in a kind of spiritual exile, just as the people of Israel went into physical exile. We strum away on our guitars, sing songs on our musical instruments. We drink Slurpees and cappuccinos by the kegful, and make merry. But we do not grieve over the ruin of the Church. Therefore, we have gone into exile. We must have revival. We must get back to our evangelistic (apostolic) roots. The time has come. Get out of bed. Wake up and go do something for Christ. It might do you some good. Better yet--it might do someone else some good. It may even do God some good.

In Him,

Copyright 2001, Matthew Hoskin