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oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - The prophetic witness of Amos and its relevance for today's church in African countries for promoting social justice, especially in democratic South Africa

Volume 16, Issue 09
  • ISSN : 1996-8167

 

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to show that the prophetic witness of Amos is relevant for today's church in African countries for promoting social justice, because of the growing corruption in African societies, especially in democratic South Africa. Firstly, relevant concepts relating to the prophetic witness of the church for promoting social justice are defined. Secondly, an attempt is made - using three theological arguments - to demonstrate that the church is called upon by God to be a prophetic witness for social justice in secular society. Thirdly, a biblical examination of the prophetic witness of Amos is presented, especially relating to the context, the call and the message of Amos. Fourthly, a discussion on the relevance of the prophetic witness of Amos for African churches today, especially in South Africa, is provided. Sixthly, recent developments and challenges for today's church in African countries like South Africa to revive their prophetic witness are described. Finally, the article proposes certain practical guidelines - based on the prophetic witness of Amos - for today's church on how to promote social justice in African countries, especially in democratic South Africa.

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