This quarter’s Sabbath school lessons about the minor prophets (so-called) reminded me how little things have changed over the past two and a half millennia. If you’re looking for some tame, bland messages about personal spirituality, you had best look elsewhere. The messages of Joel, Amos, Nahum, Habakkuk, and others are messages of judgment against the same things that plague our society today: greed, oppression, classism, and indifference to the marginalized among us.

The messages of these prophetic activists is also a reminder that God’s heart is as concerned with the nations of the world as it is for His own chosen people. And that often He uses others as instruments to render judgment on His own people.

These voices remind us that truth in the abstract is unacceptable in isolation. In order to be truly effective, words and ideas have to ... »
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