The violent events that have transpired this past week in our nation have been weighing
heavy on the hearts of many. In our collective need to try to make sense of them, we too often look for someone, or something, to blame. This results in unhelpful labelling of different people groups – racists, abusive, corrupt, and so on. The anger, hatred, violence, blame-shifting, murder, etc. are the symptoms, or fruit, of the real issue. Racism, prejudice, or bigotry is not the issue. Police brutality is not the issue. Corrupt governments and politicians are not the issue. They all certainly are problems, but they, in and of themselves, are not the root issue. The issue is pride, which is a demonic force. Pride, which led to rebellion, is what got the devil kicked out of heaven in the beginning.
Pride tells us that we are better than others because our skin/race is different, our social position is higher, we are more educated, more attractive, more talented, etc. We not only fear what we do not know, but we arrogantly assume we are somehow better and others are lesser because of our differences. Pride is what caused the religious leaders of Jesus’ day to miss His coming. Pride tells us we know better than God or anyone else what is best for us, and even what’s best for others. Pride convinces us that we are wise to take matters into our own hands because others cannot be trusted.
Holy Spirit wrote in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” In the parable of the wheat and tares, Jesus explained it to His disciples saying, “‘He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!'”
I read an article by Rick Joyner explaining this. He said that wheat and a plant called darnel (tares) look identical as they grow, up until the time of harvest. As the harvest grows closer, the head of grain in the wheat becomes heavy, causing the plant to bow from the weight. Darnel has no grain, so it remains upright. The sons of the kingdom are the wheat, according to Jesus, and as the end of this age approaches, they will become increasingly humble. However, the sons of the wicked ones, the tares, will remain prideful. This metaphor describes what we are seeing in our nation, and throughout the world in this hour. We should not be afraid or alarmed, because Jesus told us this would happen. Instead, we should humble ourselves before Him in prayer, asking for mercy for our nation, the victims of these atrocities, and especially the offenders. Humility is the answer to pride, and is made manifest through Jesus, the God-Man, who embodied the greatest humility the world has, or will ever, see.