Amos 5 tells us God’s people were worshiping enthusiastically: celebrating holidays, giving offerings, singing loudly to the Lord. But God said, “Your worship stinks! Be quiet!”
Why? Because poor folks were being trampled and good people oppressed. Because officials were taking bribes, instead of doing what was right. And because prudent people were keeping quiet about it.
My personal life may be morally straight and my worship picture-perfect, but the Lord is holding his nose if I’m watching injustice from the sidelines. I offer him my puddle of righteousness, when he wants a river of justice sweeping through my community.
Do you feel awkward about going “over there” to help? Maybe like a Samaritan crossing into a Jewish neighborhood? The Lord won’t see Kingdom River rising like he wants unless we take our puddle “over there” and let the Lord multiply it for thirsty souls.