Where are the good guys?
Where are the bad guys?
Who can tell?
And does it matter that we can or can’t tell?
Yesterday we tried to get rid of “them.” Not in an attempt to send anyone away, but in an attempt to diminish the differences between those who are in the Kingdom of God and those who are in the world. We tried to get rid of a way of thinking that divides and separates — that puts Christians in a separate camp and pits them against the world.
Think of it in the way Jesus taught His disciples to think:
Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
“The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’
“‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.
“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.
“‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
“Let them both grow together.” That is the way God wanted it done. We carry on alongside unbelievers, not always knowing who is who, but that’s not our job anyway; that’s the job of angels (harvesters) at the harvest (Judgment Day). So we grow together. It’s a brilliant plan.
God did not plant His Kingdom in a separate part of the field. He scattered it all over, and He let the weeds grow up around it, and told His servants not to weed the garden.
We are not here to weed the world of bad influences. We are here to enhance the garden — to do God’s work in the world, and to do it right alongside everyone else.
God planted Joseph in the royal court of Pharaoh. He grew up alongside the Pharaoh — second only to him in power — from where he was able to eventually bless his family out of the riches of Egypt.
Where has He placed you in the world? Who are you alongside?
Where are the good guys? Everywhere.
Where are the bad guys? Everywhere.
Who can tell? Only God.
And does it matter that we can or can’t tell? No.