Amos (5:14-15) declares, “Seek good, not evil, that you may live … Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.” To live, to be in eternal relationship with God, is to seek good and to hate evil. It is both a personal commitment, and a community commitment. To say, “I am in relationship with God, and I’m OK!” is not enough. The commitment to which I am called by God is inclusive of seeing to it that this goodness operates in, and is evident in, the society within which I live; that there is “justice in the courts”.
Too often as 21st Century Christians we focus on a personal relationship with God, and forget to take responsibility for societal sin: corruption, crime, violence. We are quick to blame others, especially Government and other community structures. We forget that it is our responsibility; that if these “other” structures are failing, it is you and I – fellow ambassadors of the Kingdom of God – that will be held accountable on the day of Judgement.
Sunday Worship (any Worship) is worthless if it doesn’t reflect positively in both our personal lifestyle and also in our community commitment and involvement, in our seeing to the values of God being instilled and upheld in our local and national Civil and Governmental structures.
7 July 2006