- Religion and Philosophy
Open Letter To Christians
The Wheat, The Tares, The Burning (Matt. 13:36-43)
We are what we are today.
We become what we will be tomorrow.
We are our own field of wheat and tares;
ripening for the harvest.
We can be a Saul of Tarsus;
at one time a zealous persecutor.
We can become a Saint Paul
ready for the harvest.
God gave us the gift of life and image.
But He also gave us our agency.
Christ's angels will harvest us
as wheat, or as tares;
but remember: the choice is ours,
the bright light of the sun,
the burning light of the flames.
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It's as clear as night and day, black and white....
At the harvest of the biblical field of Christ's parable in Matthew 13:36-43, the tares sown by the enemy would have poisonous, ripe seeds of black color, in contrast to the wheat's seeds that would yield an almost white flour.
The two would not be harvested together, as the resulting flour would have been disgusting or worse.
While they had to be harvested separately, pulling out the tares prematurely would have disrupted the roots of the favored wheat, the chosen crop of the master of the field.
In their development and growth the tares (the poisonous darnel grass weeds) are similar to wheat in appearance. At harvest time, however, the black seeds of the tares clearly distinguish the tares from the wheat.
That we are all potentially doers of good and of evil, is illustrated so well in the life of Saul of Tarsus who, following the crucifixion of Jesus, went about zealously persecuting the followers of Jesus, trying to root them out from among the Jews of his day.
With the conversion of Saul the persecutor, we see his rise as the Paul so famous for his own ongoing life of evangelism and devotion to Jesus Christ, a devotion which ultimately led to his sacrifice and martyrdom in Rome.
God loves all his children, so much so that He sacrificed His only begotten Son to fulfill the Atonement that can make it possible for His righteous children to return to dwell with Him throughout eternity on condition of their repentance and their obedience to His commandments.
As with the man Saul of Tarsus we now know as Saint Paul, so also with us. We can and must choose to be the wheat ready at any moment for the time of harvest, or make the choices which will see us harvested and burned as the tares when the Son of man sends his angels into the fields ripe for harvest.
Who will we have become when that day of harvest comes?
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