This article is meant to "encourage" and inform church members to “hang in there” when they run into “weeds” in a church, weeds planted there by Satan to discourage Christians in their walk of faith. I WISH SOMEONE HAD WARNED ME instead of me having to learn the hard way how to deal with the “weeds/tares” found in many churches.
Before I committed myself to Christ and joined a church, I thought that in doing so I would be transported into a utopian state of being that could be found in my local church.
The pastor’s sermons had led me to believe this fantasy. He meant well. bit he never once warned me to be on the lookout for “weeds” in the church. He wasn’t stupid. Who would commit themselves to Christ and join a church with weeds?
Does God know they are there? Jesus spoke this parable:
Matthew 13:24-25 (KJV) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
Being naïve, since I was not raised in a church, I was surprised at what I encountered since I was a “newbie” to the church and the kingdom of God. I thought everyone attending the church would be wonderful, kind, dedicated Christians who would be full of love for each other. I found this to be true of most of the members in the church, but to my dismay, I found that this was not true of all the members, and even some of the leaders of the church.
From the beginning, my faith was challenged by the weeds: gossipers, back-stabbers, liars, and other negative behaviors encountered in the church. Being a new Christian, I didn't know how to deal with them. Over many years in attending various churches, I have seen the behavior of the “weedy people” that has caused some people to leave a church, stop attending church at all, and sometimes has led to serious backsliding.
The biggest tool that God has in his arsenal is the establishment of churches to promote his kingdom. God has inspired me as a writer to “encourage” Christians to recognize that weeds can be present in any congregation of dedicated people who love Jesus but to not let the weeds discourage anyone in their walk of faith, and to realize God will eventually take care of them as stated in this scripture:
Matthew 13:30 (JKV) “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Christian Standard Bible. Let both grow together until the harvest.”
If a person is warned about problems that might be lying ahead, they are more likely to deal with them successfully. Don’t let weeds/tares discourage you from attending church or upsetting you in your walk of faith. Hopefully, this advice will help when running into some bumps in the road.
If you hang in there you will receive the crown of life: