Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate;it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings, I will not accept them (Amos 5:14-15, 21-22)
What caught my attention right away when I read these verses was the prophet’s use of the word “hate.” First he tells his hearers to “hate evil,” and a few verses later reports God as saying “I hate your festivals.”
Amos, being a prophet, was an extremist. He saw things in terms of black-and-white: for him “hate evil” was not an exaggeration or a Semitic figure of speech that overstated what he really meant. And frankly, it sounds like good advice. My own Superego-Mom too often seems to say to me, “No, you don’t hate evil and sin, you just intensely dislike them. You, well, you just try to avoid them.”