Amos 4:1 “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,
who are on the mountains of Samaria,
who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’ (ESV)
This could very well be read as an indictment of rich and privileged divas of today who party the night away with not a care in the world for those who struggle to keep the heat on in winter or for single Moms who can barely put more than a bowl of oatmeal on the table for breakfast for her growing son. But this could equally well be applied to middle-class, right wing evangelicals who refuse to have an ounce of compassion on the poor and disadvantaged, hiding behind a political platform of the gospel of free enterprise.
I have been struggling myself with the idea of helping the poor and justice ministry to those outside the church as an outreach (since the church in Acts seems to be primarily concerned with caring for the poor in their midst, i.e. within the church). What if instead of handing out free water to nice middle-class families (and potential tithers) in a “servant evangelism” outreach event, we focused our efforts on those who really need it: the poor, the disadvantaged, single Moms.
Lord Jesus, increase my compassion for the poor. For every ounce of worship, let there be an equal effort for those in need (see v. 5). Here’s my heart LORD! You are good and Your mercy endures forever. You have been good to me. Grant me a spirit of mercy, hesed, faithfulness. For You are almighty God (see v. 13), and I am Your servant.
In Jesus’ name – Amen,