Sunday, June 5, 2011
Strange Farm Talk
Again a word from the prophet Amos...
Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with the oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock.
The prophet speaks out against a community given over to vanity, unjust gain, dissipation, excess and licentious spirituality. They are headed for a fall. Their ventures are as destructive and ill-advised as the laming of a horse on rocky surfaces, or the breaking off of a plow. They see evil as good, and good as evil. The just and virtuous things of God seem odious.
Elsewhere one hears Paul the Apostle speak out against the vice and distraction of Rome:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Is our society dallying at the brink of such a pit of folly? Check out the magazine titles at the till of your grocery store. Check out the silly "human interest' items on the TV news.