“Let justice roll like a river,” proclaims the prophet Amos in chapter 5, verse 24 of the Book of Amos.

At the very heart of the Jewish tradition which Amos is a part of, there is a critical idea—that Jesus later embraces—called “covenant,” which doggedly upholds that communion with God is possible. God is not unknowable, distant, or disengaged. Rather, the idea of “covenant” insists that God is close, intimately involved in the personal and interpersonal, constantly pressing on our hearts and minds. In other words, to know God, to embrace God, is to do justice…”

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