“I Can’t Stand Your Religious Meetings”

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I wonder if these words from Amos would echo into our churches today:

“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice – oceans of it.
I want fairness – rivers of it.
That’s what I want.”
– Amos 5:21 (MSG)

How about you?

Let’s talk.

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2 thoughts on ““I Can’t Stand Your Religious Meetings”

  1. I feel what Amos is saying. I feel the frustrations coming from his words. I sense the legalism n religionosity that can blind people n miss out on Gods unfailing love…

    1. Thanks for the comments Ricardo. I definitely felt the same way for quite some time now. I’ve been stuck in the balancing act between submitting to my leaders and sifting through what truly is God’s voice so I can be obedient. I know that the whole production of our church services has gotten out of hand. We seemed to have relegated our faith experience to timed service slots and lighting schemes. Don’t get me wrong, services aren’t bad in and of themselves, but it’s our sole reliance on these things to connect with God that has somewhat put us in a place if missing a bit of the essence of God.

      Now, when Amos said these words to northern Israel, he was addressing the people of God who were slowly adding elements of pagan worship to their adoration of God and thinking they were drawing closer to Him. They ended up idolizing their worship more than they were worshiping God. And if we’re not careful, as we’ve seen for quite some time now, we can idolize our worship services too.

      It was definitely harsh words for the people of Israel back then and it’s definitely a wake up call for our current church systems today.

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