Therefore because you trample on the poor
and you exact taxes of grain from him,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not dwell in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate.
Amos is talking about the rulers and high priests of his time but he could walk through a time portal, emerge on the other side today and utter these same words. These verses would be as true today as they were when they were written. Continue reading