A Liberal, an Atheist, and a Muslim walk into a bar…The Parable Of The Sower
Jack Kelly has very concise explanation of the Parable of the Sower. According to Mr Kelly, the parable is about four different groups of people. I thought I would go through the exercise to see what example groups might fit into each category.
|Parable Reference||Status of Gospel/ Bare Fruit||Saved/Not saved||Example Type of People|
|The first kind of soil is the hard packed path.||It represents people with hardened hearts that don’t allow the Gospel to penetrate their heart.||The birds, who represent the enemy, eat it up before it can take root. These people will not be saved.||Muslims, Atheists|
|The second kind is rocky soil.||It represents people who initially accept the Gospel intellectually, but it never penetrates their heart.||These people will soon fall away. They are not saved.||Liberals, International Left, Secular people|
|The third kind is covered in thorns,||Because of their preoccupation with the things of this world they never accomplish anything of value for the Kingdom.||Since salvation is not a fruit bearing event, these people are saved.||Most born again Christians in the US today|
|The fourth kind is good soil.||These people are fruitful.||These people are both saved.||Faithful believers|
It is interesting to correlate the behavior of these types of people with what Jesus was saying. Muslims in the Middle East and Africa, for example, physically attack Christians. They burn their homes, kill them, destroy their churches and and chase them from their countries. Muslims are instruments of Satan that ‘eat up’ the Gospel before ‘it can take root’. Atheists, like Muslims, harden their hearts and deny the existence of God. They ‘eat up’ the Gospel by the law and sue to remove symbols of God like the Ten Commandments in a court room or prayer in a class room. They claim they are offended by such things, that they somehow harmed by seeing them. They simply don’t like the reminder that they are an unsaved. Out of sight out of mind.
Is it any wonder then that, most if not all, Atheists are also liberal minded or politically Left on all issues. Have you ever met an Atheist that was conservative or opposed to abortion and homosexuality? Perhaps they are out there but very few I would think. If you posed the question, should Jews control all the land that is stated by God in Genesis? to a Liberal, an Atheists, and a Muslim you would likely find they are of the same mind. They will all likely be Pro-Palestinian and blame Israel for the conflict. They will all deny Jesus, deny God, or assert that Allah is God. These people are not saved.
For the saved, it is not a question of hard hearts. It is more a degree of belief in the Lord. For those who believe less then the faithful, they find themselves unable or unwilling to let go of the world. Making time for the Lord. Spending time advancing the Kingdom. Thinking perhaps you have done enough, that one day week is all it takes. Yes you are still saved but what will you say when stand before God?
Are faithful believers perfect? No, of course not. Only God really knows who is a faithful believer. But you can ask yourself, are you baring fruit? Are you advancing the Kingdom in any way? Are you acting like salt to the world? Salt is a preservative. When you realize the world is corrupt and rotting more each day then you understand what Jesus meant by being salt. Perhaps standing up for God, the Word and what is right as God told us is being salt to the world. What happens when that salt is gone? When the world rots and there is nothing to stop it from rotting what do you think God will do?
What do you do with bad meat?
13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdomand does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”