Harvest No Wheat Before It’s Time

Orson Welles ended his career by making ads for Paul Masson vineyards in which he intoned on behalf of the vintner that “we will sell no wine before its time.”

Whether true or not for the cheap table red that some Americans drank before taste buds became discriminating (careful there), the tagline does indicate that growing crops requires patience.

So what do #woke Christians, who seem to want to immanentize the harvest, do with Jesus’ parable of the weeds:

24 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.”’” (Matt 13)

Do believing social justice warriors really want to let racists and tolerant people live together until judgment day? Or what about misogynists and feminists? Or even Trump voters and Democrats? Can these offenders and decent people live side by side, as long as they are not breaking the law passed by actual office holders, until the end of human history? Or do social justice warriors want to insist on pulling up the weeds — now?

Of course, justice is not like agriculture. It’s even slower. But when outrage is in high supply, the #woke crowd seems to prefer microwaves to the rhythms of biology and law.

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3 thoughts on “Harvest No Wheat Before It’s Time

  1. would it be “triumphalist” to say that good old fhasioned Abrahamic circumcision is not good enough anymore? Repent, but the kingdom to come and now coming is not physical?

    Luke 3: John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father ‘; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. EVEN NOW the ax is lying at
    the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

    I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing shovel is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff He will burn up… 18 Then, along with many other exhortations, John proclaimed GOOD NEWS to the people.

    Luke 7: John summoned two of his disciples 19 and sent them to the Lord, asking, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we look for someone else?” 20 When the men reached Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask You, ‘Are You the One who is to come, or should we look for someone else?’”

    Go and tell John what you have seen and heard– the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have GOOD NEWS preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me”

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  2. John Calvin—This passage about the wheat and the weeds has been most improperly abused by the Anabaptists, and
    by others like them, to take from the Church the power of the sword.

    John Calvin—“The integrity of the sacrament lies here, that the fleshand blood of Christ are not less truly given to the unworthy than to the elect believers of God; and yet it is true, that just as the rain falling on the hard rock runs away because it cannot penetrate, so the wicked by their hardness repel the grace of God, and prevent that grace from
    reaching them.”

    John Calvin—“NOTHNG had been done if Christ had only endured corporeal death. In order to interpose between us and God’s anger, and satisfy his righteous judgment, it was necessary that Christ should feel the weight of divine vengeance.… … Hence there is nothing strange in its being said in the creed that he descended to hell. It is frivolous and ridiculous to object that this perverts the order of the creed, it being absurd that an event which preceded burial should be placed after it.”

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