Amos is not comfortable reading. But he, along with the prophets, are the voices we need to hear regularly to keep us on track.
This is what Eugene Peterson writes in his introduction to the book in The Message:
More people are exploited and abused in the cause of religion than in any other way. Religion is the most dangerous energy source known to humankind. The history of religion-fuelled hate, killing and oppression is staggering. The biblical prophets are in the frontline of those doing something about it.
The biblical prophets continue to be the most powerful and effective voices ever heard on this earth for keeping religion honest, humble, and compassionate. Prophets see through hypocrisy, especially hypocrisy that assumes a religious pose. A spiritual life that doesn’t give a large place to the prophet-articulated justice will end up making us worse instead of better, separating us from God’s ways instead of drawing us into them.
Our prayer is that as we read and reflect on Amos’ message, our lives are shaped in the ways of Jesus more and more.