Amos 5-6, Psalm 104
Rampant evil in Israel is described this way: “There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.” (Amos 5:12) Those in power are dangerous, and the righteous are vulnerable. In this situation we are given a description about how to live in such days. The scripture says, “Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.” (Amos 5:12) In one sense, this is absolutely true, whenever evil reigns, it is better for decent people to stay off the grid when possible, to avoid harmful quarrells or difficulties. Prudence directs one thing, while courage demands yet another. For there are better things than to avoid an unfair fight, as we are told, “Seek good, not evil, that you may live.” (Amos 5:13) Prudence avoids being brought into unnecessary controversies with wicked people, but to enjoy life, we must pursue and do what is good. This tension is felt especially in days that are evil. What fights do we fight and which fights do we avoid? In our wicked days where so many are wrongfully mistreated, let’s pray that God will help us to know when to be prudent and when to be courageous.