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Summary: We co-exist with evil people in the world because God is the only one who rightly judges people... God alone sees all of a person's life. And who knows... do we not believe that people can repent and become new creatures in Christ?

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Title: Living with Weeds

Text: Matthew 1`3:24-30 and 36-43

Thesis: We co-exist with evil in the world because God is the only one who rightly judges people… God alone sees all of a person’s life. And besides, who knows….?

Introduction

Weeds is a made for television comedy whose central character is Nancy Botwin. Nancy Botwin is a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family after her husband dies. Over the course of the show she and her family become more and more entangled in illegal activities on an escalating scale. The family moves from the LA metro area to beachside San Diego/Tijuana to Seattle, WA and Dearborn, MI. In between seasons six and seven Nancy serves a prison sentence in Danbury Prison in Connecticut while her sons live in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is a twisted and convoluted story whose title may be code for marijuana but probably more likely refers to the characters who, like weeds, are hardy plants struggling to survive. In Weeds the “weeds” have a moral code that is generally against the norms of society. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeds_(TV_series)

We live in a world of “Weeds.”

When I was growing up in Iowa we did not have a television but we did have weeds.

We had the dreaded Canadian Thistle, Ragweed, the cocklebur, wild sunflowers, burdocks and shattercane weeds to name a few. Weeds were the enemy. We hoed them. We pulled them. We chopped them. We sprayed them. We cultivated, under-cut, rod-weeded and disked them. Weeds are a threat to every crop grower because weeds tend to overgrow and can choke out more desirable plants. And I don’t care how deceptively pretty a flowering Canadian Thistle may appear, it left unchecked it will take over a pasture.

Over the years I have come to understand that if a plant is growing where it is not supposed to be growing, it is a weed. A beautiful stalk of corn growing in the middle of a soybean field is a weed. So the human instinct being the desire to be rid of weeds… a farmer will walk an entire bean filed to chop out perfectly good stalks of corn that have sprung up – and not without good reason. Sometimes in crop rotations a field may be planted to corn one year and then the following year may be planted to beans. If the harvester missed an ear of corn and it is tilled into the soil it may sprout and grow the following year as corn plants out of place in a soy bean field.

Jack Dekker is an agronomist with Iowa State University who has written and interesting book, The Evolution and Ecology of Weeds. In the unit about the nature of weeds he wrote, “Weeds are defined as a plant out of place, thriving in habitats disturbed by humans, possessing competitive behavior, and capable of mass movement from one area to another.” (Jack Dekker, Evolutionary Ecology of Weeds, P. 14)

Weeds are the enemy. Remember that as part of the curse following the fall of Adam and Eve was that the ground would be cursed and it would produce thorns and thistles. Genesis 3:18


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