While many attribute this quote to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was originally uttered by Amos, God's spokesman over 2600 years prior to Dr. King.
Amos reminds us that God wants His people to know that their religious pilgrimages, their sacrificial offerings, and their songs mean nothing to Him if they were not backed up by their life of compassion, character, and concern.
Northern Israel did not believe Amos and did not repent. Not long after, they were utterly destroyed because God found their hypocrisy, injustice, and abuse of the weak reprehensible. Today, we live in times that are sure tell signs of Amos’ lifetime. And his words are just as powerful and clear today as they were then! What will our response be? How can we learn from this?
PLEASE PRAY WITH ME: Almighty God, many of your children are ashamed today at the unrighteousness in our world and in our nations. Please use us to lead a rebirth of character. And Father, as we seek to live holy lives, please keep our eyes not only on your character, but on your compassion, mercy, tenderness, and grace so we may share those same qualities with those who need to know your love and receive your salvation. In Jesus' name I pray. AMEN.
GOD BLESS YOU.