Plumb-lines and Politics


Photo:  A plumb line stands at the center of a mural outside of the Security Council meeting room at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

As people of faith, it is hard to look at this mural without recalling the vision of the prophet Amos:

This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand.  And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’

Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel;  I will never again pass them by …” (Amos 7:7-8)

A plumb line is an objective standard of truth.  It stands before the things of this world to reveal what is straight and what is crooked.  It distinguishes justice from injustice, righteousness from brokenness, stability from weakness.

When we, as people of faith, have injustice and crookedness revealed to us, what is our duty?  If we know of suffering, if we are being asked to help our brothers and sisters in need, what is our response?

Could the Lord be putting a situation before you saying, “what do you see?”

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