Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 24)
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 'First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.' '
Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)*
If you've read AMTC's devotions for long, you know my concerns with the American church. Individually, I refuse to cast stones. My own church works hand in hand on discipleship. Surely others are trying to raise mature saints.
Still, countless churches nurse full pews of small people: not small in worldly ways, but small as kids in Christ. They keep them dependent on their sweet-tart sermons, which are not the full-bodied Bread of God's Own Son.
Even worse, they feed them lies about righteousness, as in they are holier than the outside world. And no one's more evil than entertainers. All of this adds up to serious confusion. Surely, houses of worship should not be confused.
'For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints' (1 Corinthians 14:33). Seasoned saints do not lend themselves to confusion.
But if baby Christians can be like young wheat stalks, and non-believers can be like sinister tares, what if outsiders choose to become insiders? What if they turn into passionate disciples? What if insiders only pretend to have faith?
In other words, we're not sent to cut down people, nor to pull them up by their detestable roots. God's angels will separate the wheat from the tares. Until that Day, we're called to grow up and spread out: to cast Good News through the fields of entertainment.
Because the world's confusion cannot be addressed by a church that's confused about its true mission.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Tares & The Parable of the Tares Explained: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+13%3A24-30%2C36-43&version=NKJV
* Visual imagery & explanation of the similarities & differences between wheat and tares: https://boldlyproclaimingchrist.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/wheat-and-tares-some-interesting-tidbits/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.