“The Weeds and Wheat”
There are two types of human beings in the world, we were told (and we like to believe it.) You might call one "good" or striving to attain to good, and the other "evil" or attaining to evil. Nevertheless, there are a good many people stuck in the middle, between good and evil. Some of those who want to be good are unable to be good because they do not know how to go about it. They fail to understand the forces that influence them.
There is a real temptation for the people of faith to begin taking themselves too seriously - to begin thinking that we are building the kingdom of God and it all somehow depends on us. We forget that we do not build the Kingdom of God, we have to enter it. Some Christians, if they can't pluck up the weeds altogether from our culture, want the wheat to dominate the weeds. Others would have the wheat isolate from the weeds, setting up their own "Kingdom of God in Exile" so to speak. Moreover, some reserve for themselves the right to make the final verdict – who goes where at the and of the day.
“Engagement” is the operative word, not “domination” or “isolation.” Not “capitulation” either. Even “tolerance” rightly understood (which it often isn’t—some who trumpet it can be very punitive against their perceived foes!) is our modus operandi. In today’s world we should let our light shine before others and pray for opportunities to fully live our faith. We have to work together for justice and peace based on commonly shared values. We ought to be God’s instruments of peace. Sometimes I have seen what I thought was a weed turn into wheat and then after a short time saw it go back into a weed again. It is only God who knows what we are, were, or will be. If we are wheat let us pray not to be
consumed by weed.
Why does God allow weeds in His field? I am glad that in this whole mess, in this strange system of Divine agriculture in this field that is so mixed and cluttered with weeds -- and some of them are really bad, I am glad that God waits a while and that He tells His servants to hold back. The main element in this parable is the call for patience. “The Lord is not slow, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
So, we are told to do good instead of evil; to bless instead of curse; to praise instead of criticize; to help instead of stand off; to love instead of hate; to forgive instead of resent; to tell truth instead of lies; to have faith rather than to indulge in the bitterness of despair; to be the ones who plant rather than pluck up what has been planted. May we share God’s loving and patient approach to the world by being a part of the God’s family, living by the same law of the Kingdom.
Dr. SAMUEL SAWITSKI,
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