Wayside Christianity

Flowers on the wayside

“And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.”

Matthew 13:4

The parable is talking about seeds which did not land on good soil and clearly did not develop any root. They were out in the open and they got devoured. While wayside flowers apparently grow without any special care, they look beautiful and are worthy of everyone’s admiration.

God created all people. It is established that He desires for everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Matthew 24:14

My family drove by a church in the city we live in. We passed this landmark so many times but it was only yesterday that I saw this sign. I had to ask my husband to drive around to take a good look at it again.

This sign makes it a sad depiction of the wayside seeds, the one exposed with no roots. It is interesting how outward good intentions can persuade people that they have the love of Christ, but this church’s abandonment of sound doctrine shows us their true condition (Matthew 10:38, 1 John 5:3). We do not change the gospel for the culture. It is the gospel that changes the culture and this is why there is a move to quash biblical Christianity.

“Reverence my sanctuary.”

The reverend had every good intention to build this church. It is heartbreaking to see his efforts for Christ undermined by those who choose to abandon sound doctrine for doctrine that does not revere God’s sanctuary, but rather defile it.

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”

1 John 2:19

If you are currently attending a church affirming a lifestyle of rebellion, it is time to find one that truly reveres God’s sanctuary.

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

Luke 8:18