Consider The Parable of the Weeds in the light of today’s events.
Matthew 13:24-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 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?’ 28 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?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.”
Who will be gathered up to be burnt? Who will be gathered into our Lord’s barn? We live in a corrupted world. So, each of us must ask ourselves a question. Am I corrupt or worthy of the harvest? Am I born of good seed? Am I fruitful? How does the Bible describe being fruitful?
If we are fruitful, then our Lord wants to spend eternity with us. If not,….
Some of us are tares, weeds. Some of us are wheat, fruitful, but only our Lord knows which of our neighbors is worthy of being brought into His barn. Still, we are tempted to believe we can make this world heaven, that everyone is basically good. Yet there is abundant evidence that that is not true. Let’s consider a few current examples.
In Chicago teachers ignore their public duty, Charlie Kirk offers this opinion about the teacher’s strike in Chicago.
Mismanagement by elected leaders aside, every employee working for the government inside of Illinois should consider themselves to be a public servant, but too many have apparently cast this mantle, and this honor, aside. But lest they forget, their employer isn’t the state or the city, it’s the individual citizen who pays taxes in exchange for public services, like schools. In the private sector, employees know that when a company for which they work gets in financial trouble, changes — including compensation — may have to be made in order for the business to survive and for them to remain gainfully employed.
In the world of public-sector employees, especially those represented by unions, there is no such expectation. The Chicago teachers who have just walked out on the job are looking the taxpayers dead in the eye and saying, in essence: “We know that the city and the state are broke. We know your taxes are already too high and going higher. We couldn’t care less. Pay us more or we will punish you.” (from here)
We want to believe the best about the people who instruct our children, but how much of that is wishful thinking? To what extent is it the fault of the teachers that the public schools are failing? Before you answer that question, consider American education and intellectually bankrupt schools by Everett Piper.
Over the weekend American troops killed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If we are to believe that everyone is basically good, is it not strange how few who mourn the loss of this man? When asked, President Donald Trump described (see Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) al-Baghdadi’s character with these words.
Q The whimpering of Baghdadi. Did you hear it?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t want to talk about it, but —
THE PRESIDENT: — he was screaming, crying, and whimpering. And he was scared out of his mind.
And think of James Foley. Think of Kayla. Think of the things he did to Kayla; what he did to Foley and so many others. And for those people that say, “Oh, isn’t this a little violent? Think of how many times have you seen men — I think, in all cases, men, for the most part — but in terms of this, where you see the orange suits, and you see the ocean and they’re beheaded. Or how many of you got to see — because it was out there — the Jordanian pilot whose plane went down, they captured him, they put him in a cage, and they set him on fire.
And the King of Jordan actually attacked, very powerfully, when that happened. They’ve never seen anything like that. But he set him on fire. This was al-Baghdadi. And you should never, ever hopefully see a thing like that again.
Now, there’ll be new people emerged, but this was the worst of this particular world. This was the worst. Probably, in certain ways, the smartest. He was also a coward. And he didn’t want to die. But think of it: Everybody was out, and we were able to search him down and find him in the tunnel. We knew the tunnel existed. And that’s where he was. (from here)
We can be tempted to call al-Baghdadi a fiend, some sort of demon, but he was a human being, one of us. He was just unusually dangerous to everyone around him. Therefore, we called upon our leaders and military forces to get rid of him.
Defending our rights from EACH OTHER is the function of government. When we use our government to give us “rights” at someone else’s expense we become like al-Baghdadi, a threat to our neighbor’s Rights, to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Look around America. Contemplate evils like abortion; the unending furor over the election President Donald Trump; the constant feuding over religious freedom; the huge waste that results from fraud, waste, and abuse by government officials; the twisted dishonesty in the enforcement of our immigration laws; the readiness of some politicians to lie for the sake of “victory”; and so forth. We can find endless examples of corruption IN AMERICA, and America is still relatively free of corruption. Whereas, most of the world is under the control of authoritarian and even totalitarian regimes.
The more we give our government to do, the less control we have over it. That is because when we give more power to our leaders we each have less. Therefore, to control our government, we must exercise self-control.
What does this self-control look like? President John F. Kennedy put it this way.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own. (from here)
When we go to the polls on the first Tuesday in November, we must remember what God expects of the fruitful. We must vote for the sake of our family, friends and neighbors, that God’s work is something we each must do ourselves. We cannot pass His work onto government officials. God expects each of us to love our neighbors, not demand that someone love our neighbors for us.