Amos condemns the “three sins... even four” of the cultures around Israel, pointing out their rebellion against God (1:1-2:5). However, just like today, it was easy for God’s people to condemn others for sins they themselves embraced. Amos reserves the greatest condemnation for Israel itself, since they were called to holiness and righteousness. “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your sins” (3:2).
“Seek me and live” (5:4). If we are truly to be God’s people, we cannot bow at the same altars as the world around us, but we must seek God and seek good instead (6:14).