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.
The gate of an ancient city was where business, including judicial business, was often transacted. Hence, today’s verse calls for “justice in the gate.” In a certain sense, that call remains true today. People coming into the Church by the gate are watching what we do. If, as they are about to come in through the gate of baptism, they see us swindling, abusing, badmouthing, and sniping about each other, they may very well turn on their heel and go find a different gate to a different city. Today, establish justice in the gate.