Read Hosea 10
Focus on verse 4
The words of a person who is untrustworthy are empty words. What is the value of a promise given by one who has a reputation of not keeping their word? It means nothing! Only a fool would put any trust in such a promise.
When truth is defined as “what ever I want it to be”, and honesty is labeled “old fashioned”, civilization begins to unravel and those who parade these progressive lies as great advances in the name of humanity, are fools marching to their own destructive drum beat.
In today’s chapter of Hosea the deplorable condition of morality and truth in the nation of Israel is cited as the cause of their demise as a nation.
They utter mere words; with empty oaths they make covenants; so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field. (v. 4)
This is unfortunately also a surprisingly accurate description of the condition of morality in America. The deceitful back room deals made by politicians and wealthy financiers to gain a little advantage in the ruthless contest of power and greed we innocently call politics is exactly what is described here; empty oaths, covenants that are broken before the ink on the paper is dry, and none of them seem to realize that they will at some point be called to account for this. Judgment is coming – just as it did for Israel – and for those who disregard it, this will be a brutal day of reckoning.
It is only because of the mercy of God that this day is not yet upon us. Yet amidst all this gloom there is, as always, a glimmer of hope, clear instruction given regarding how to avoid destruction;
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. (v. 12)
In the case of Israel, at this time in their history, they apparently chose to ignore the warning. Not long after this time Israel is wiped out by the Assyrians. The ten northern tribes are scattered to the four winds of the earth. The northern kingdom never recovers as the southern kingdom did when the remnant was allowed to return to rebuild the temple after the exile.
It will be interesting to observe what path America chooses to take as the next few years unfold. We appear to be once again approaching a crossroad at which the nation will be given a choice. Will we choose to continue on the current path toward self-destruction through the pursuit of progressive globalist ideology? Will we change course and cross over to pursue a more populist or nationalist ideology? It seems a little like being given a choice between the gallows or the firing squad. Neither one seems particularly attractive.
There is one other choice – though I fear it’s not very popular. It is the one mentioned in verse 12. If we as a nation would choose to “sow for ourselves righteousness”, we might begin to “reap steadfast love”; If we decided as a nation that it was “time to seek the Lord”, I suspect He would come and “rain righteousness upon us”. The only thing preventing us from pursuing this option is self-righteous arrogance and pride. We want to believe that our empty words actually mean something, so we close our eyes and plug our ears so that we do not notice the poisonous weeds that are springing up around us; weeds that will ultimately destroy us if we do not wake up to the deception.