Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30
In the early days of our technological Age, a popular slogan assured us that “Every day and in every way things are getting better and better.” The fact is that technological progress does not consistently move us toward a better world. The Bible tells us that progress in this sense is not inevitable. The Bible tells us that history is a struggle in which the “principalities and powers” of the present Age often seem to emerge victorious over the virtues of faith, hope and love. Jesus’ proclamation of the coming Kingdom of God is not an invitation to ride the wave of inevitable progress. Rather, it is a call to join in the struggle, knowing that despite contradiction and defeat, God’s promise of our ultimate fulfillment will not fail. Until the Kingdom comes in its fullness, the Christian way is still the way of the Cross.
There is an element of fear in these changing times and with good reason. Change can be for…
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