This is not a movie. It is reality. It is not some fantasy sci-fi where people float and fly, where wizards conjure up magic spells and love potions. This is real life we are discussing here. But it does involve illusions.
Picture if you will, a field of grass or wheat. It looks nice does it not? Just miles of tall, even grass swaying in the wind such as the American anthem describes, “amber waves of grain”. It is serene and beautiful.
But if you come closer and closer, you notice different things. The grass is not all that even. There are bald patches; some dead spots that are dry or scorched from the searing sun. A closer inspection may reveal more – there are weeds, feces and little rodents running for cover and lots of dirt. Now come even closer and lift up the layer of soil. What do you see? Creepy creatures? All sorts of insects scattering to look for cover? What was once a beautiful view now becomes this horrific sight once we lift the cover. That’s reality.
Not everything is always as it seems. What may seem peaceful and beautiful from the distance reveal hideous creatures living in filth and muck.
I hope I am slowly making my point. Sometimes there are things we are shown and it may be presented as chaste and pure, happy and serene but if you look too deep – there is also the dirt and horrid creatures hiding underneath.
I belong to such an organisation now. I am sad to admit that what was once a clean and happy church, filled with love and spirituality is being changed. Nowadays, one close inspection and there is revealed all kinds unclean intensions, evil schemes and simply put, vile liars.
Looking from the outside – happy peppy youth members – singing and dancing – playing sports; couples in their church officials’ uniforms, smiling and waving; Little children choreographed in plays; and individuals in gatherings during moments of prayer. Good images aren’t they? Nowadays that’s all they are: images. Under the microscope there lies leaders of corruption, greed and deception. Such hatred fill their hearts that brethren have to speak in hushed conversations for fear of being questioned.
That’s where one of the biggest problem lies; many do not and cannot talk about what is going on. It’s like the grass; people will look at the view but most will not bother to dig under and see the dirt. “Just leave it as is” they say to themselves; “look away and pretend nothing is happening,” we think; “close our eyes and just accept it all”. That might be ok for many, except that all around us there are people getting expelled unjustly and the leaders are living lavish lifestyles, feeding off the impoverished sheep.
Maybe we just close our eyes and sleep it off. Maybe when we wake up tomorrow it will all go back to the way it was. Maybe the corruption and injustice will disappear like magic. Maybe. But remember, this is not a movie.
“Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
“He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.