This Amos shows the Israelite sacrifice being
rejected by God, even though the sacrifice fulfilled the
ritual requirements. The people of Israel in the time of
Amos were required by God to do justice and
righteousness, but they did not do so and the Lord
sentenced them. Some scholars also argue about this
rejection and they fall into two groups.
The first group concludes that God rejected the
sacrifice because He did not need it. The second group
believes that the sacrifice was needed but must be
followed by people living based on justice and
righteousness. The Israelite people during Amos's time
ignored justice; corruption, economic inequality, and
poverty were rampant.
Indonesia, even though its people are religious, also
has serious problems of social injustice. Poverty rate is
high; economic inequality is wide; corruption is easy to
find. The interpretation of Amos about justice is relevant
to Pancasila, especially the fifth principle Keadilan Sosial
Bagi Seluruh Rakyat Indonesia.
Keywords : Sacrifice, Sacrifice Rejection, Justice, Righteousness, and Pancasila