Fasting on the Fourth?
I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,
I take no pleasure in your solemnities;
Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.
Away with your noisy songs!
I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.
But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
then let justice surge like water,
and goodness like an unfailing stream.
It’s rather ironic that this particular reading is scheduled for today, on Independence Day, which is a holiday in the United States. Most Americans will be celebrating with barbecues, attending parades and fireworks displays. Most of us will find it difficult to fast. Some