War Of The Seeds
To have a lawn is to view on a small scale the battle that has taken place on the earth since Creation. It is a battle for dominion between the grass and the weeds or the “good seed” and the “bad seed.”
It is a real battle! The Oxford American Dictionary defines weeds as “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.” Establishing dominion in my lawn requires a twofold effort: planting and removing. You can’t tolerate or negotiate with them. You must destroy them.
God also has a weed problem. In fact, the entire history of the world can be summed up as God’s trying to get healthy plants to grow by overcoming the weeds. Biblical history is a war between two seeds. Matthew 13:24-30 (ESV) He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
The parable of the wheat and tares is a metaphor for two very real types of persons who are set against one another in a cosmic conflict for universal dominion. Matthew 13:36-43 (ESV) Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. The landowner, God, knew that the tares (children of the wicked one) were not just an accident, but were an evil intended by his enemy (Satan) to destroy his progress. His solution: not merely the exposing of evil, but the maturing of the wheat. We destroy evil by crowding it out with righteousness.
The children of the wicked one are the offspring of Satan, and mimic the dominion calling of the church. They are committed to victory… a victory that is defined by the removal of all vestiges of “wheatness” from every area of life. The tares seek to remove God’s name from every area of life; the children of the kingdom are be engraving God’s name on every area of life.
Gen. 3:14-15 Jesus presents history as the children of the Kingdom struggling against the children of the wicked one, those who were planted by an enemy of God. Genesis 3:14-15 (ESV) The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 4:7-8 (ESV) If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” 8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. It didn’t take long for the war to begin. Cain, the tare planted by the wicked one, removed and silenced the wheat, Abel. 1 John 3:7-10 (NLT) Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteious, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteiously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
Like weeds, tares quickly multiply without any purposeful cultivation while the wheat requires great diligence that can often yields meager results. Genesis 6:5-7 (ESV) The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.
The result was an entire generation that nearly choked out all the wheat. As in Matt. 13, God removed the weeds and left the wheat! Noah’s charge was to fill the Earth with wheat again. Genesis 9:1 (ESV) And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Later the tares had to be dealt with again at Babylon. They did not want to be scattered, they wanted to rule. This has long been the desire of the tares: to build world ruling empires that tyrannize other men. It stems from their desire to be as God. Genesis 11:1-4 (ESV) Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Note: They want physical territory.
God scattered them so they couldn’t unify for world wide dominion. Genesis 11:7-9 (ESV) Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
Hegel’s definition of the divine: “The state is God walking on earth.”
Here is the lesson that we need to learn with practical application to current and future elections: because they have no power from God, the only manner in which “tares” can rule is through an expansive civil government. This is especially true in the United States where a once independent republic of self-governing peoples have gradually reached a the form of serfdom to an ever expanding, massive, federal bureaucracy – man’s New World order.
“The tares of today – just like those of previous years – are utilizing the power of the state to restrict, silence, and eventually eliminate the voice of the wheat. There is no other way this can be accomplished. Only a massive civil government has the capacity to play such restrictions on righteousness while codifying wickedness into law. Among other things this is the premise behind abortion – it’s in institutionalizing of state-sponsored murder. It is also the force behind endorsing homosexuality and the redefinition of marriage.
The Wheat and the Tares of the story of history, and it’s a story in which we all play a pivotal role especially here in America where we have the power to determine who will govern us, and how.
In a “perfect” world the choice would be absolutely clear between the two opposing kingdoms. Unfortunately we are not in a perfect world, so we can only vote for government and leaders according to their tendencies, do they tend to “Wheat” or “tares?” To not vote is to let the field grow wild with obvious results. If you are a Christian you have a God given responsibility to promote “Wheat” growth, not personalities or personal preferences. Here is a contrast that you can apply names to:
“Wheat”: Small government, individual responsibility, promote entrepreneurship
Tares: Big government, collective responsibility, promote victimization and class warfare
“Wheat”: Lower taxes to promote personal industry. What you tax you discourage.
“Tares”: Higher taxes, especially to those who are the most productive members
“Wheat”: Protect human life at all stages
“Tares”: Life is a personal choice, not a personal responsibility
“Wheat”: Free speech
“Tares”: Muzzled or “correct” speech only. We must stop “wheat seeds” from spreading
“Wheat”: People are more important than environment – this is a tax policy!
“Tares”: Environment is more important than people
Christopher J. Ortiz, God’s Story for Christian Dominion: the Ancient Secret of the Wheat and the Tares, Chalcedon Report, Sept/Oct. 2008