The White Helmets
A continuation in our study of the book of Amos
Continuing His assault on those that get rich off the back of the poor, and those that live in comfortable means while others are being exploited. It is so easy to not to care, or put those that are poor “Out of sight, out of mind,” but as believers, we are called to be vigilant. According to the Prophets, the greatest sin is the sin of Idolatry, and the second appears to be how we treat other humans. Thus Jesus’ command to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves is important to understand, because later on He defined that neighbor as an enemy in need of help. Biblical hospitality is not entertaining your friends with good food, but it literally means taking in the stranger and sojourner. While many of us live to create comfort and security, the bible seems to be urging us to entertain those we do not know, because as the writer to the Hebrews says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). It is this pride that God hates. It’s a pride that uses others to get what they want. So often those in the church are living comfortably without caring about those that struggle, and Amos helps us see that this is a problem for the community of God. It’s really the same thing Jesus preached while He was here on earth.
- Why do we seem to gravitate toward comfort and safety?
- How can we be shrewd yet sacrificial for the Gospel?
- In what way(s) can we truly help those that are oppressed in our country and in the world?