I SAW FIELDS OF WHEAT, or was it? On closer examination, it was just wheat colored weeds. Jesus taught a parable of the “wheat and tares”, “Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”” Matthew‬ ‭13:30

‬ ‭A tare resembles wheat so closely, that it is only known when it matures and bears fruit. Tares are an invasive species and will take over the wheat, if not separated. Also, tares must be separated at harvest, as some species of tares are poisonous. Jesus was saying that there are “Christians” who look the part, but they are just tares. You shall know them by their fruit. What fruit? I’m glad you asked. Rebellion- a spirit of lawlessness. A tare will always reject authority. A tare is disobedient.

Coach Wooden told his players to follow their opponents numbers, not their head because their head goes in a different direction then their body. A tare will tell you, “Yes!” to your face, but not do what they said they would do. A tare is an arrogant pretender. They will never be wrong and never apologize when found to be guilty. Tares battle people instead of demons- they fight with others, spreading divisive seeds of discord instead of battling for people’s souls. They are invasive and attack other Christians instead of focusing on their own work. Know the tare. Spot the tare. Beware the tare! #runyourrace

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