By Frank Pollard
"WHY THESE WEEDS"
Some people like to tell me why they do not go to church. It is
because, they say, there are lousy people in church, and this is a
lousy world. "If they are God's people, why aren't they better? If
this is God's world, why isn't it better? If the church would clean
up it's act and God would clean up His act, we would believe."
Well churches have tried to clean up their acts. And the people
begin to look more like those who crucified Jesus than those who
followed Him. Others have tried to clean up God's act for Him,
In frustration we ask: "Lord, why isn't this world better?
Didn't you make a good world? Didn't you put good people in it?
Didn't you create it all, including the people, and say: 'That's
good, that's very good'? What happened?"
If you make that inquiry of someone like me, the response is
normally: "That's a good question," meaning of course that the
question is going to be better than the answer. Our Lord answers
with a story and an interpretation of the story.
One day He looked out over the field of human life, saw all the
good and the bad growing there, and He said:
"Let me tell you a story. The Kingdom of Heaven
is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field.
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came
and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
When the wheat spouted and formed heads, then the
weeds also appeared. The owner's servant came to
him and said: 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in
your field? Where then did the weeds come
from?' 'An enemy did this,' he replied. The
servants asked him: 'Do you want us to go and
pull them up?' 'No,' he answered, 'because while
you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the
wheat with them. Let 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 gather the wheat
and bring it into my barn."
The moment t ...
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