Some Christians react very strongly to other believers or churches that they consider to be unbiblical, like shaming or trolling them on social media.
Such strong reactions may not be very helpful.
Here’s a great article by Michael Boldea Jr., which was published in the latest newsletter to supporters of Hand of Help Ministries, which could help put one’s grievances in a better perspective:
Proverbs 9:9-12, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will bear it.”
Mark 9:42, “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”
It seems there’s been a run on weed whackers of late. I don’t know what it is, maybe there was a sale, or they were giving one away for free with the purchase of a happy meal, but everywhere you turn there’s a Christian holding a weed whacker getting to go to work.
Pulling the weeds would have been far too time consuming, a delicate, precise task that’s not nearly as fun as the bluntness of a weed whacker. The only problem with the blunt, indelicate approach is that you are just as likely to destroy the wheat as you are destroying the weeds, in essence doing the exact same thing you were attempting to prevent by appointing yourself weed whacker wielder in chief.
If I come off as a bit terse, it’s been one of those months. Rather than be about the work of the ministry, I’ve been dealing with the fallout from overzealous believers who feel as though it is their sworn duty to clear the field even if doing so means destroying all the wheat in the process.
“But what can be wrong in attempting to do away with the weeds that have sprouted? They were, after all, planted there by the Master’s enemy, were they not?”
Yes, the weeds were planted among the wheat by the enemy, but if we study the parable that Jesus spoke, we come to discover that the Master cares more about the safety of the wheat than he does about the destruction of the weeds, at least until harvest season comes.
What I’ve seen happening of late, and it has been frequent enough to warrant this writing, is that in their misplaced zeal to do away with the weeds, there are many self-appointed horticulturists who never bother to ask the Master whether or not He wants them to go and pull up the weeds, but simply proceed to slicing and dicing, relishing the idea that they are saving the wheat, when all the while they are damaging it at best, and destroying it at worst.
Just for my own peace of mind, just so I could stand before God one day and proclaim without any nagging doubt that my hands are clean and free of men’s blood, let’s dissect the parable of the weeds for just a little while.
We know that there is a field, there is one who owns the field, the enemy of the man who owns the field, and the owner’s servant who was tasked to oversee the field. The man who owned the field sowed good seed in it. The seed was not mediocre, it was not subpar, it was not castoff, it was good seed because it was in the owner’s best interest to have as good a crop as possible.
While everyone was sleeping, and there is an entire teaching that we can finesse from just this line, the owner’s enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. We could ask the obvious question of why was no one watching the field, or the even more obvious question of why was everyone asleep?
This would simply be a futile intellectual exercise because what’s done is done, and now we find ourselves in the predicament of having a field sowed with good seed, and weeds, and the truth of what transpired will only be evidenced once both the wheat and the weeds begin to sprout.
The difference between the wheat and the weeds is only obvious after germination, after they’ve had a chance to sprout and grow and begin to mature. Again, another lesson for another time, but a worthwhile one because far too few believers today take care as to what is being planted in their hearts to the extent that when what has been planted sprouts, they realize there is no wheat. There is nothing that can sustain.
And now we have come to the part that many a believer simply skips over: the servant came to his master, to the owner of the field and asked, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
There are certain situations and circumstances wherein it is a noble thing to take the initiative. Others, however, require us to submit ourselves to the authority of the Master, and before doing anything, before starting up the weed whacker, before pulling on anything whether it be weed or wheat, ask Him if it is what He desires of us.
The Master’s answer was short and to the point, ”No, because while you are pulling the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. Let them both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then collect the wheat and bring it into my barn. ‘ ”
The Master knew that there was a chance the wheat might be uprooted if they began pulling the weeds, and so he told his servant to just let them be. It would be the harvesters who would deal with the separation of wheat and weeds, one being bundled to be burned, one being brought in to his barn.
It is the survival of the wheat that is paramount, not the destruction of the weeds. Toward that end, as long as the wheat is not in danger of being chocked off and altogether destroyed, it is not my duty to play at being a harvester and start separating the two.
Much of the household of faith has already failed at staying awake and preventing the enemy from sowing weeds among the wheat. My hope and prayer is that we don’t compound our failure by frantically yanking at both weed and wheat in the hopes that our previous shortcomings might be overlooked. ·
May the wise hear and increase their learning.
Psalm 37:7-9, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, ad forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.”