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Monday, May 4, 2015

Obsessed Busybodies Pulling Weeds

Why does the parable so puzzle the disciples? Why is patience and tolerance toward unbelievers  difficult for them (and for us)?  (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1346).

Refer to Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30

Pastor David Miller in his sermon yesterday brought out a good number of interesting points.  One is the great psychological satisfaction that comes with pulling weeds.  I'm no farmer or gardener, but inside my house I squash a roach with gusto and glee.  This sense of righteous power can get us into big trouble when we start deciding which of our fellow humans are worthy... or not.  The simple truth is I'm in no position to declare myself judge and jury--the final arbiter of righteousness.  Pastor David pointed out that in Jesus's explanation of this parable, angels--not humans--finally are the ones to pull the weeds.   Today's lesson: if we would be righteous, we must not be self-righteous.  We must exercise tolerance and patience, understanding that due to perceptual limitations and human frailty, we cannot and will not have the final say in such matters  In fact, when all things become known, we conventionally self-assured "righteous ones" might be in for some big surprises.

(Look for yesterday's sermon at this link:

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