March 23, 2011

Minor Prophets XLVII: Spiritual Starvation

A "famine" was coming to Israel in Amos 8:11-12 and it will be complete and absolute. This famine is arriving on the shores of the United States and many countries worldwide. In some has already arrived. The fact this famine has reached the shores of America is sad indeed. You would think that we would;ve learned from the past...but I suppose we have forgotten it?

The LORD was about to send a famine of His word. Israel would desperately inquire of God but He would remain silent. This silence would become so pronounced that they would not find the LORD even when they staggered from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for His word. No word, no guidance. Man will be left to his own devices and this has never bode well for them. They apostatized even when He was around breathing down their necks. When these stubbern stiff-necked people finally turn to look for their God…He will not be found.

Sadly, I again need to use the USA as an atrocious example of man being given away to their own sin. We have chosen to remove God from our schools, from out textbooks, from our courtrooms and from our government. We now effectively have a godless country of our own making. We also now have a nation that does the same horrid things to many of its people as Israel did in the time of Amos.

Having been a Quality Engineer for Mack Trucks, I know exactly what type of charade and farce the idea of adding “quality” to a product is. The idea is to streamline processes and make parts or items cheap to create a wider cost to income ratio for a corporation. We have an enormous infrastructure of industry now in the USA dialed into a manufacturing standard that tries to make parts cheaper, faster and we call it “quality”. Because we label it as a “quality” product we then charge more money for it even though we’ve done nothing but made it cheaper and flimsier. This sounds an awful lot like Amos 8:4-6 and the, “skimping on the measure, boosting the price, cheating with dishonest scales” and even…”selling even the sweepings with the wheat”

Are we really that different than Israel in Amos’ day? Hardly.

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