Beds inlaid with Ivory, luxurious couches. These seem to be the trend in upscale homes of Amos’ day. Yet, the people are condemned for their complacency and for not grieving “over the ruin of Joseph.” (Joseph is not a person but a representative name for the community.) Those with economic means do not seem to be aware of or concerned about the economic state of the rest of the community. Our communities are often divided by economic class so that those with economic means are isolated geographically from those who are “ruined”.
Questions for Reflection:
- What does “grieving for the ruin of the community” look like?
- What action could you take to identify more closely with those who do not enjoy the “luxury” of a bed?
- Is there any way that people of faith could bridge the divide between islands of wealth and communities of poverty? If so, describe it.