Something is happening. More like something has BEEN happening. For a long time. Only now, though, does it feel like it’s coming to the proverbial head. You can feel it in the air tonight. You can feel it in the air EVERY night. And the divide grows deeper by the day. Left, Right. Republican, Democrat. Liberal, Conservative. Progressive, Regressive. Bible thumper, Bible dumper. Truth teller, lie spreader. Law abider, lawbreaker. Sinner, saint. It’s most evident on the fringes. Extremes inevitably hang out there. But it’s certainly not limited to those elements. With protests, riots, violence, and vitriol no strangers to the widening divide at all levels.
How did it come to this? Why is the divide so pronounced?
Can’t we all just get along?
It’s easy to say it’s just a sign of the times, exacerbated by 24/7 news cycles, social media, and cyber anonymity. Always connected. Always agitated (or so it seems). It appears everyone has an opinion now, a cause they champion. Often times it defines them. Often times it puts them in a box with seemingly like minded individuals. Warranted or not. Fair or not. And while all of this is certainly a reason for the greater divide, it feels like something else is at play. Something noticeably out of our control. Something metaphysical. Something spiritual.
Could it be that the current divide is inevitable? Prophetic even? I suppose it’s too early to be absolute, but it’s worth exploring, if only for context of the present time we live in.
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Matthew 13:24-30, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
The Parable of the Tares Explained
Matthew 13:36-43, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Since the fall of mankind there have been two seeds in the world. The good seed and the bad seed. The wheat and the tare. The seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.
Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
The good seed was planted at the beginning, at Creation. At some point when Adam and Eve let their guard down, the enemy (Satan) was able to sow his seed as well, the Tare. And what is a tare exactly? A tare is a weed that looks identical to wheat until it reaches maturity. Only when it produces the ear (the fruit bearing portion) can it clearly be distinguished from wheat. The seed personifies Satan, the one who portrays himself as an angel of light (wheat), but is in all actuality the prince of darkness (tare).
What does this mean for today? The parable states that both the wheat and the tare will grow together until the harvest – meaning the 2nd coming of Christ. As the time draws closer to the end of this age, the closer to the harvest we get. And subsequently closer to the production of the distinguishing fruit of the wheat and tare. Could this be what is happening now? Could it be that the fruit has started to appear, not yet in full bloom mind you, but clearly visible, hence the greater divide we are now experiencing. It’s a definite possibility.
Now, this is not about which side of the divide is right or wrong, or which side is the good seed and which side is the bad seed, for terms like Left, Right, Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, and the like, are often nothing more than categories people put themselves and others in to be protected within the group or so they can attack the other side collectively. Instead this is about two seeds at enmity with each other. This is about good and evil. The good seed shinning brighter, the bad seed receding further into the darkness, so that the line in the sand can be drawn, eliminating the middle ground. It’s either one or the other. Wheat or Tare. Choose this day whom you serve. And which seed lives inside you. For the harvest gets closer every day. And the sickle the reapers swing will not miss the tares destined for the fire.