In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus taught the parable of the wheat and the tares. Tares are weeds that resemble wheat. In the parable, a landowner sowed wheat seed – good seed – in his field. While the landowner and his servants were asleep, an enemy came and planted tares among the weed. The field had deliberately been polluted with bad seed – the seed of the weeds!  

 The landowner and his servants were unaware of the problem until both wheat and tares were partly grown. The servants asked the landowner if they should uproot the tares, to which he replied not to, thinking they could also uproot the wheat with the weeds. He told them to wait until the harvest, which will be the opportune time to fully recognize the differences between wheat and weed – and then separate the two. 

 One key message that the parable leaves to believers is that on earth (as symbolized by the field), good people (as represented by the wheat) and bad people (as represented by the tares) will grow and live together. 

 The parable also evokes a society of two groups of people: one group adhering to biblical morals, the other worldly morals.

 Taken that the field represents today’s society, which is the majority? The minority? Which of the two morals has been followed by most people?

 Some of our fundamental human and biblical values have come under relentless attacks by those who oppose the moral teachings of the Bible. Globally, several cultures and governments have long made divorce a part of the law of the land. They have also legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, much to the applause and approval of the millennials. Many governments are looking to legalize drug use and euthanasia. 

 The media also does its part in destroying biblical values and spreading worldly values. Not only does it desensitize adultery, pornography, and criminal lifestyles but also promotes sexual ideology, particularly toward children. It is no secret that many schools are inundating children with sexual content, thus desensitizing sexual exploitation and sexual immorality.  

 It is disheartening that many churches have bowed down to the demands of society instead of God and become spiritually weak and socially irrelevant. Many pastors, priests, and ministers have turned their back on the spiritual needs of their congregations and the truth of the Bible. They and their congregants fail to fight for biblical morals. Worse, they pass worldly morals as biblical. Their actions have led many people to fall from biblical faith. Instead of instructing people in the way of the Lord, they only lead them to surrender to the cares of the world. 

 After all, did not Jesus talk about the seeds that fell on the path, rocky ground, and thorny bushes? The narrow and wide gates? That not everyone who says to Him ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Jesus, in the Bible, had illustrated how difficult and challenging it is and will be to preach, receive, and live out His Word as is written in the Bible and not everyone will persevere. He did affirm, however, that God’s Kingdom will ultimately prevail. 

 Indeed, goodness and righteousness will never lose. Biblical morals have always outlived the world’s failed promises and compromises throughout history. The promises, riches, and comforts of the world are not the prize to be won but Jesus, the light in our darkness, the pillar of morals, the bane of evil, and the restoration of justice. He is the key to everything.

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