RE Verse reading–Amos 7:1-17, 8:1-3 (day one) “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words” (7:10) His story will give new meaning to the words. Amos was politically incorrect before it was uncool. It is a predictable collision. People who view truth from the perspective of man are quick to claim a “right to privacy” when a truth viewed from the perspective of God is proclaimed. It is politically dangerous and therefore unwelcome. The words of Amaziah , the smooth and urbane priest, are typical of our age. ” You can’t say that!” (or even believe it) “It collapses the political consensus that holds our nation together”. No wonder the early Christians were considered traitors by Rome. Amos is not silenced by such pressure. We should not be either. Not in anger or animosity, even when it is unpopular, our task is to speak the truth in love. Just like Amos.