Good Morning July 21

I learned a new word last week while preparing for my Sunday sermon.  “Soporific” sop-o-rif-ic  I don’t remember ever running across this one before. The sermon text was from Matthew 13, Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the tares. I wanted to know more about the tares, the weed that was sown by evil in the good wheat field. I knew it was called darnel, and looked very similar to wheat. Looking this up I found that it is “a species of rye-grass, the seeds of which are a strong soporific poison.” And looking up soporific it said, “causing or tending to cause sleep, tending to dull awareness or alertness”. It is a poison that can cause death. Thinking about this, it becomes a perfect image of our times, which gets us back to the parable – growing together until the harvest. The enemy of our world has caused us to be dull in our awareness and alertness to the true values of our faith. We have fallen asleep and allowed God-given truths to be lost in the name of tolerance and a false understanding of love. This is a poison that leads to death. Paul cautions the Romans, “knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”(13:11-12)