Amos 5:14-15 – “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, just as you have said! 15 Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate!” NASU
There are times when passages from the Old Testament resonate powerfully for today providing incredible revelation and motivation. This, in my view, is one of those passages where we see a clear command and/or demand from God for us as individuals and as a nation. In today’s modern world the mood of many is ‘self-centeredness’ and the pursuit ‘self-serving.’ The erosion of the moral fabric and foundation of our nation and many in the church adopting the ‘end justifies the means’ mentality and ascribing to a theory or thought that our lives are ‘compartmentalized’ have damaged our position and condition. Too often, in today’s world, we allow evil to be called good and good to be called evil or we have become amoral and completely desensitized and no longer troubled by sin and evil.
In a very real sense, God has placed before us ‘life and death’ and it is incumbent upon us to make the right choice. We are called upon and mandated by Scripture to ‘seek God’ and ‘reject evil.’ We are charged and urged to be people who ‘do the right thing’ in all aspects of life, not just our religious lives. We are informed that this decision is the decision of ‘life or death’, as the prophet declared the Word from the Lord, “Seek good and not evil, that you may live…” We are further told, as a people, to “Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate!” That is no small undertaking in a world living in disobedience to God and where the government has become so secularized that many, if not most, believe that God can have nothing to do with the political or government. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? God never inspired or encouraged a mentality that separates Him from various aspects of our lives. He wants to be “Lord of all” and if He is not then He is likely, not “Lord at all.”
The call for us as individuals is to RETURN. Return to the basic core foundational principles of the Bible and moral moorings most of us were raised to embrace. Whether we did or not embrace them is not the issue, but that was our foundational base. Those coming to the colonies prior to 1776 came seeking to establish a world in which God was the Lord of all and in which they could live under His guidance, do justice, love good, and have peaceful harmony with their fellow man. Selfishness and Self-centeredness have pushed us away from those principles and pursuits into the world where we do not have as our cornerstones of life and government, morality, and rightness, but rather ideology and agenda. When, the church fails to call for individuals to live rightly and the nation to seek good and not evil as well as hating evil, and loving good producing a society wherein justice is established in the gates we drift. When we drift, evil, hate, envy, strife, and injustice prevail.
If we want a world that embraces the best good for mankind, we must become people who follow the prescription or mandate of this passage and “seek good and not evil.” We must return to our foundational principles and not manifest individually and nationally, ‘hatred for evil, and love for good’ and we must seek to be that which the Bible commands and the American constitution embraces. We must become the people who truly believe that “all men are created equal” and exhibit the qualities called for in our Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
If we want a better world the first place to begin is seeking to be better people individually and then collectively. We cannot achieve it with elections or legislation but through commitment, repentance, and prayer!
God, bless you as you being your day in Him!