Amos 5:6-15 (Year B, Proper 23; 19 Pentecost)
One thing that struck me today about Amos 5 is the contrast between seeking and clinging that seems to underlie the theology of the chapter. The call to "seek" certainly stands out in Amos 5. Verses 4, 6, & 14 exhort Israel to seek the Lord and the good.
Amos is advocating a spiritual stance quite different from "clinging." The people cannot simply cling to their faith that the LORD God of hosts is with them, as they are saying (5:14). Neither should they cling to their houses of well-hewn stone or pleasant vineyards (5:11). They have got to look and wait expectantly to encounter God as God really is. They have to push aside every preoccupation that prevents this discipline of active seeking.
I heard one of Leo Tolstoy's metaphors this morning. Tolstoy contrasted a person who clings to a lamp-post and a person able to be on the move by holding a lamp on a pole, able to seek and discover. The latter type of person is not trapped, but is on a path of growth.