A Promise God Just Won’t Keep

July 17, 2016

Andy preaches on Amos 8:12, comparing the “normalcy” of injustice and violence in the U.S. to that which caused Israel to be taken into exile. It seems we are either in exile or on our way to it, and we must sit in that reality. The good news is that God never keeps God’s promise to abandon Israel if they do not change their ways. Even in exile, God is there; God chooses to pursue us over and over, and that hasn’t changed. The commandments to do justice, to love the stranger in our midst, to care for the widow and the orphan — these also have not changed. Whether we’re in exile or not, we must do what God has been telling us to do all along.