Monday, July 14, 2008

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Pentecost +10 – Year A

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

A long time ago, early in our faith growth, while yet babes in faith, we dared not pull weeds among the wheat. So it was -- we waited with evil in our midst, drawing nutrients from the soil that would have produced more and more fruit for the "kingdom".

Fortunately we have grown in the faith, always looking for ways to appropriate science to our own ends. Finally we have mastered the art of targeted herbicides. We can now get rid of those weeds when they poke their heads out of the ground. It won't be long before we will be able to treat the very soil itself to, again, finally rid our fine wheat of those nasty weeds. Yes, finally, a final solution.

Having accomplished this leap for "mankind" we will soon be able to apply it to other contexts. Immigrants will be banished and forbidden. Little pre-evident gay and lesbian children will also be done away with without the need for such public events as weed burning. We will quietly care for these and other matters. Finally, our ancient gift of knowing good from evil will be applicable. We will return to Eden to aid God in ridding this world of sin. With sin gone salvation will be present, with or with out a Jesus intermediary.

So goes a re-telling of this out-dated story. Aren't you glad to be alive in this time so our dominion might be complete? Dominionists arise! Get those weeds now!

Oh, fair warning, those who live by herbicide, die by herbicide. None are pure enough to escape an ever-stricter accounting of who is a weed this week. This is a lesson often too late for the learning.

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