Outwardly, everything was working well in Israel at the time that the book of Amos was written. The economy was booming, religion was growing, and their borders were expanding. It was a time of optimism. Then, the skunk at the garden party showed up – Amos. He looked at the outward success, but could see the dark underbelly of injustice, greed, hypocrisy, and oppression. He declares the coming judgment of God.