When you start singing with a music ministry band again, even if it's only informal jam sessions, and you read the book of Amos it is humbling.
Amos is definitely not a pleasant Bible book to read, but Sunday I found myself reading from it:
I hate all your show and pretense — the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.and
I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.
Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
(Amos 5:21-24 nlt)
You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.
(Amos 6:5 nlt)
The interesting point this book highlights though is the reason God found their worship offensive was because their lifestyle didn't match their singing. It says "You care nothing about the ruin of your nation." (Amos 6:6)
It would seem to me the biggest sin these people were committing in God's eyes were in oppressing the poor and the needy. (Amos 4:1-2)
God is just not interested in our worship, our lip service, if we ignore hurting people around us, or worse, are the ones hurting them.
"Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living." (Amos 5:24)
Or as it says in Matthew 25...
For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.’
(Matthew 25:42-45 nlt)