While The Church Slept
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his wayMatthew 13:25
We are facing an existential crisis for bother the church and America as a nation, a time in which a violent Marxist ideology has arisen, complete with financial and logistical support from enemies abroad, and the full complicity of the mainstream media. How then, did this happen so suddenly?
The truth is that it didn’t happen suddenly. Like the tares, they were sowed early in the modern era, and it is now too late to merely uproot them, but we will rather face them in harvest. We can better understand this if we know just what tares are. They are not just any weed, but rather they are bearded darnel, a weed that so closely resembles wheat that they can go undetected until the ear of the wheat appears, and uprooting them will also uproot the wheat.
They also contain a strong soporific poison. That is, it can cause a “drunkenness” of a sort: staggering, impaired speech, trembling, vision defects, and stupefaction, and can even prove fatal. However, it may not even be this rye grass itself which produces the poison, but a fungus which infects it. Similarly, we as a church and as a nation have many individuals who have been ‘infected’ with ideologies, beliefs, or even doctrine which have caused us to spiritually slumber or be stupefied. Indeed, we have been asleep.
Why do I say this? While this violent ideology and other toxic elements have infiltrated our nation and even much of the church, on a national level we busied ourselves with enticing doctrines of self-help and and a self-absorbed prosperity that robbed us of the godly priorities of the genuine Christian faith. While God can and does prosper us, mere worldly prosperity ought not to have been such a priority to the near-exclusion of the essential doctrines of the wrath of God, His sovereign grace, and the call to repentance and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
Essentially, what happened was that for several decades our priorities have been largely so self-absorbed that we exalted success over sacrifice, prosperity over piety, and self-worth over self-denial. As a result, we failed to make disciples of men as we might have otherwise done, and have greatly fallen short in our equipping of the disciples that we did bring into the fold, resulting in a church population of which 90% admits to being either carnal or a babe, according to studies done by the Barna Group.
Since the Scriptures tell us that those who are carnal cannot inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:21), and a baby can hardly be entrusted with any serious responsibility, this means we as a church in America are mostly either on our way to hell or incapable of fulfilling our purpose.
What, then, do we do? We must seek God, ask Him to reveal our hearts to us, to uncover even the most subtle of sin in our lives, that we may repent to our very core and be purified so that we can pursue unhindered the purpose of God for our lives.
The Spirit and the Bride say, Come.