After I got back from an out of town, two-day training session in Church Planting, my worship leader sent me Amos 5:21-24 from The Message:
21-24“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. That’s all I want. (emphasis mine)
I had never read Amos 5:21-24 in The Message, so I thought my worship leader was just being creative. But he assured me that it was from The Message.
Quite disconcerting. Quite prophetic. Quite true.