Gustave Dore--The prophet Amos
I came across this statement today,
"The prophet seldom tells a story, but casts events. He rarely sings, but castigates. He does more than translate reality into a poetic key: he is a preacher whose purpose is not self-expression or the "purgation of emotions," but communication. His images must not shine, they must burn!'To me this statement is a very clear explanation of what a prophets voice was intended to, and you see it through the Scriptures. You see strong statements that caused people & nations to tremble. You see gut wrenching calls of repentance & there was not a lot of gray area with prophets. But prophets in the scriptures always carried a message from God to address an injustice with the way God intended the world to work. Whether it be between Himself and humanity or between how humanity was treating itself.
I believe firmly that majority of the prophets statements you see through Isaiah, Amos, Daniel, Micah, etc., would fall on deaf ears today because we have a society that is numb to injustice & turns a downcast glance to societies untouchable conversations. Which begs all the more for voices of truth to be clear, concise, not to manipulate emotions & have a clear mark on the message.
As a communicator where each week I have an audience that needs truth, love, encouragement, grace, direction, conviction, standards & mercy I am asking myself;
What images do I communicate that BURN into someones being?
Do I allow the voice of the Holy Spirit to speak to me about what others need to hear?
Am I conscious of the injustices in the lives of people I meet with so I can speak freedom & truth into those circumstances?