Get Off of My Lawn!

by | Jan 23, 2019

I hate weeding my yards. I will mow and edge all day long but asking me to get on my knees and pull weeds is unbearable. The problem is that if I don’t pick them, they begin to infest the lawn I spend so much time on. Pretty soon the grass is all choked out and it just crabgrass. Sometimes people want to do a little weeding in the church. They want to get rid of all the rift raft who are bad influences. Jesus warns us to let God take care of those weeds but he is not an grumpy old man yelling “Get off of my lawn!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:13-14

“He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted. Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Wheat and Tares

This passage is part of the parable of the wheat, or some call it the parable of the tares. Tares are weeds that choke out wheat plants. Someone had snuck in at night to plant these weeds. The servants ask the master if they should pull the tares and he tells them to leave them alone. They would damage the young wheat plants if they pulled the weeds. Jesus, of course, is talking about ungodly people being in the midst of Godly ones.

Careful of the New Growth

Some Christians tend to take on the role of God. They see something bad, and they want to root it out before it taints anything else. The problem is that it is God’s job. It can also be exhausting because you never will root it all out and you will damage the young believers in the process. We need to let God take care of doing the weeding.

They will take care of themselves

There is also another nugget of wisdom here that we need to understand. These tares are the blind guides who try to deceive believers with false teachings. Jesus tells us that eventually, these people will fall into a pit. We can take that to mean they will end up dooming themselves. Sometimes when we leave things alone, they take care of themselves. Let God take care of things and don’t let your mind get distracted by them. If the truth of God’s word is in you, any false teaching will be evident right away.