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What Does it Mean to Sow Justice in Our Lives
“Sow for yourselves justice, reap the fruit of piety; break up for yourselves a new field, for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain down justice upon you” (Hosea 10:12). Hosea lived a long life and witnessed both some good times in Israel and a lot of the very bad times. In his prophetic life he accused Israel of three crimes: counting on their own military might instead of God, for making treaties with foreign powers, and for chasing after the Baals, the gods of fertility. In other words he was accusing Israel of forgetting that the Lord was their only strength, their covenant partner, and the giver of fertility. This passage gives us three remedies for those failings. The first is that we should, “sow justice” for our lives. By developing the virtue and the practices of real justice, based on the law of God, we make peace possible in our relationships, in our neighborhoods, and among nations. Justice, like all virtues, is a habit gained over time and experience. It is rooted in the deepening knowledge of what is really good, and what is really evil. It is the habit of choosing the good, more and more often, until it becomes habit. In other words, it must be worked for, and it is not easy work. Again, like all the true virtues, it is oriented toward others. It is the recognition of,and the living out, of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The next remedy is another virtue, that is, the virtue of piety. Christians know that piety is one the the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is the virtue of having reverence for God and his wisdom. It recognizes…