How Do We Handle Dangerous People?
Jesus creates the way so that when God destroys evil he doesn't have to destroy you.
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Text: Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
Topic: How to handle people who are malicious and vile
- Illustration: A car salesman can't trust his coworkers not to steal his commissions.
- Some of the people around you at work cannot be trusted. In fact, they are dangerous.
Or maybe the dangerous people in your life aren't at work but in your family.
- Illustration: In the movie Waitress, the husband character, Earl, rages, loses his temper, is jealous, controlling, and violent.
Or the dangerous people may be in your neighborhood.
- Illustration: Ben Kwashi, the Anglican bishop of Jos, Nigeria, has suffered from Islamic mobs that beat his family and threatened to kill him.
How do we handle dangerous people?
- A painful reality of life is that we share this planet with some people who are malicious, cruel, and vile.
- So we have to answer the question, "How do we handle dangerous people?"
- We wonder: Why are there evil and dangerous people in the world? Why doesn't God just get rid of them? How are we supposed to handle them?
- Jesus once told a short farming story that seems so simple. But in this little story he gives some surprising answers to these questions.
- Jesus answers these questions in the parable of the farmer in Matthew 13.
- When Jesus talks about weeds here, he's not talking about some harmless little dandelion. He's talking about a type of rye grass that has poisonous seeds. It may look like wheat, but it will make your family sick.
- This story has two big points.
At the end of time, Jesus will remove from this world everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
- The words here for "everything that causes sin" and "all who do evil" don't refer to people who drive 63 in a 55-mph zone.