From time to time I run again across this minor prophet in the Old Testament.
Once more reading Amos reminds me that God uses who He wills, including mere shepherds. Amos was in the fields when God spoke through Him.
This time through, I looked at what God judged these nations for.
"threshing" (we would call it "trashing") Gilead, kidnapping into slavery a whole people, fighting among brothers, targeting the weak (pregnant women,) desecrating the dead...
Then Israel and Judah:
Rejecting the Law of the LORD, and exploiting the poor.
Sexual immorality and idolatry.
“But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
Nazirites were bound by conscience and by oath to certain behavior (abstaining from alcohol, for one) and the state of Israel had forced Nazirites to violate their conscience and break their vow.
Knowing that prophets were the ones who warned the people that they were sinning and God's judgment was on the way, they were told to "shut up"
This impacted me on this day, we live in a state where people of faith are being told by the state that they must violate their conscience, and those who would speak up are being told (in an attempt to shame or scare into silence) to "shut up."
Food for thought...