“Amos wanted his readers to know that he did not seek the calling of a prophet, nor did he seek to gain financially from his calling. He simply received a message from the Lord and delivered it despite opposition from the king and the religious leaders. Amos preached against injustice and oppression, anticipating themes that are in the New Testament. He also anticipated the teaching of Jesus Christ when He condemned worship that considers only outward form and not acts of love and compassion in the life of the worshiper. The book of Amos provokes questions about the relationship between private morality and public morality. It reacts not merely against hardhearted individuals but also against corrupt social structures. Amos invites the reader to look for general principles that could be applied to any governmental system. For example, Amos showed that God is concerned that a government provides channels available for addressing issues of justice for all its citizens. What the Lord expected of Israel is not so far removed from what He expects of His people today. We should glean from Amos issues that are universal in scope. The book of Amos has much to say to the church about requirements for justice among Christians as well as about a sense of compassion and generosity in one’s dealings with society in general.” (HCSB)

A major illustration is found in 5:14-15, “Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed. Hate evil and love good; establish justice in the gate.” Many people claim to know God, but as the adage saying goes, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words!” God wants us to do more than just know Him, He wants us to live our lives according to His character.