Amos 5, 10-15
Something to read
They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins - you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate;
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Amos reminds us that the wealthy members of the community took grain from poor and needy farmers leaving them without enough money to live on.
Unfortunately, in today's world, there are still farmers and labourers who are exploited in the developing world who do not have enough money to eat or buy medicine when they get sick because they are exploited by unfair trade.
This passage reminds us that God is near when we make the right choices in our lives. One of the ways we can show love for others in the world is participating in God's miracle of fair trade.
Something to do
We can celebrate our love for others in the world by buying and choosing Fair Trade products. It is by doing so we might be able to help others to live.
Something to pray
God of the world, we know you can bring about change. We remember countries where there is not enough food to eat and famine abounds and we pray for change.
Lord, we thank you for the miracle of fair trade. Help us to play our part by participating in your miracle of fair trade and justice to make the right choices to promote fair trade so that farmers and labourers can live by the choices we made.
Today's contributor is Emma Perry, a student minister at Westminster College, Cambridge.