Church it is time! As Pentecost approaches, I think it is time for a check-up. This post has been stirring inside of me for a while but a verse in Psalm 74 finally put a voice to what I have been feeling.
This started with a “kingdom parable” in Matthew 13: 25. Good seed was sown, but while we were asleep the enemy came in and sowed weeds. The master of the field had an unusual response – leave the weeds alone so you do not pull up the wheat! And all of the gardeners said, “What!” And all the church people said, “But that is not how I read the Bible, my doctrine must be correct.”
Weeds – a plant that is not wanted were it is. Unfortunately, that is a huge definition when it comes to plants. I have cut down some huge weeds because I did not want that tree there. But I quit fighting the false dandelions in my lawn just because they are pleasant to look at when in bloom. Another example is penny and dollar wort, I don’t like them in my lawn and they are a pain in a garden/flower bed. To get rid of them I can pull them up or poison them. One method may work in a flower bed and the other may be okay in the lawn, but it is a decision that must be made carefully. Oh, if those plants are in a sand dune they are wonderful at helping establish the stability of the dune along the beaches here in south Texas.
The weeds the enemy has sown come in many shapes and sizes. Throw in the human condition of pride and it can be war in the printing presses. The “weed” that set me off is found in Genesis 1. The problem was not that God created the world, a Christian should agree to that, but how long it took and how it was done. I have followed this argument for many years. Some of this “weed pulling” comes from what Study Bible you use. So, the Church of my Living God has battled itself for truth and let evolution take over the education system!
The verse in Psalm 74 that divided weeds from standards is #4. “Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs.” (NIV) Pick your favorite translation the meaning is clear!
Acts 2:36 needs to be a common point for all Christians – Jesus is Lord and Christ. Unfortunately, weed seeds have been sprinkled into the rest of Peter’s sermon, that first birthday of the Church! Verse 40 holds the last part of this post. “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Church, they are in our meeting halls – roaring their standards. New Age thought has been brought in, and we have let postmodernism change definitions in the Church. Postmodernism works by changing (usually it is a slow change) the meaning of words! Words they are changing or at least trying to change – Father God, Jesus, Christ, love, sin, family, and others! The Great Commission has not changed and that needs to be the work of the Church. Asaph is credited with writing Psalm 73 to 83; as I have read them recently, many sound like prayers against the foes of God and the Church of Jesus.
Additional Thoughts – fellow Christians should not be an enemy, you may not agree with them on everything; the Seed is still good; Jesus has confidence in the Seed/Plants even with weeds trying to suck the life from the plants’ roots; Jesus still wins in the end!