As a student of religion having earned three degrees in Religious studies and one honorary Doctorate, I believe I merit some level of proficiency by which I can speak to the current times in regards to the SCOTUS recent ruling concerning marriage amendment. “Equality of marriage” you know the case that has caused all “shit” to hit the fan! Pardon my hood colloquial. I can’t always escape the context that shaped me and quite frankly sometimes I choose to hold near and dear those guardians that watched over me during some of life’s most challenging times.
By now my fellow Christian bruh’s and sistas, sorry brothers and sisters in Christ are surely questioning the efficacy of my salvation. I mean no good Christian would use such “worldly” language so at best I must be a spiritually carnal believer, if saved at all. Please pray for me. I certainly am praying for those that are currently brewing in their religious-indignation. My bad again, I meant spewing in their righteous-indignation. How dare those perverts, heathens, ungodly, nasty, deviants, force their way of life and lifestyle upon us! High fives are at an all-time high amongst religious zealots, spiritual bigots and critical Christians.
Yet, in the quite sanctuary of my being I sense, see and surrender to a better way forward. It comes from the lesson of a parable told about wheat and tares growing together, nestled in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel lies a better way forward. I dare you to read it with an open mind.
Here goes “24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25“But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26“But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27“The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29“But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”
The kingdom of heaven, what a refreshing presence in the company of such critical times in human history! Isis, Taliban, human trafficking, global poverty, drone strikes and the list goes on. Have you stopped long enough to compare heaven too the good seeds sown in the field of one’s life? Better yet, has it ever occurred to you that your good deeds could mean the difference between heaven or hell for someone else? In fact I’m certain that one’s misdeeds are sure hell bombs for someone somewhere.
Is it possible for a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender person to sow good seeds in the fields of their lives? Is the value of one’s life a single act of questionable discretion or the embodiment of ones’ life cycle? I say the later. If I am right it stands to reason that the good deeds sown in one life will spill over into the lives of others. Aha, our LGBT brothers and sisters can bring some good into our lives. As Jesus says, even LGBT people have some slice of heaven to offer! Remember the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man that sowed good seeds.
Then there’s the issue of the enemy coming in and sowing tares, a plant that grows in Palestine which resembles wheat in many ways but is worthless. Those individuals are everywhere. You can find them in churches, synagogues, mosque, heterosexual relationships and homosexual relationships. They serve in police departments, sit on court benches, teach in public and private schools, engage in same-sex activism and preach from pulpits in a neighborhood near you. They are not enemies because of their disagreement with LGBT lifestyles. They are enemies because their intent is to destroy, disrupt and distort the field of ones’ life based on an issue within ones’ life! I hope you can see that we are traveling a two-lane highway. There are perverted heterosexuals that distort the sacredness of the sexual union. You know them, always looking for the next score. Bona fide bed-hoppers! Aiding and abetting every obliging being available. It is always the intent of darkness be it mental or spiritual to oppress and distress the potential for goodness to spring forth.
I like this parable because instead of instructing the workers to pluck up the tares, the shady, worthless growth in the field co-mingled with the wheat, we are told to let them grow together. Why would one suggest such a thing? Could it be that in our effort of up-rooting what appears to be tares today, we could possibly be up-rooting wheat that his yet to fully materialize? More importantly, are we really qualified as flawed beings ourselves to determine who is spiritually wheat and whose not?
Furthermore, I believe it is for the common good of us all that we allow heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and nonsexual persons to grow together. Why? It affords an opportunity for us all to learn from one another how to respect the common humanity we share. Secondly, it exposes the hidden hypocrisies and bigotries that we are color blind too in our own lives, thus providing a context for our own growth as spiritual beings. Finally, by growing together our creator God is able to reach and reproduce persons caught in the quagmires of life as a result of someone else’s demons forced upon their innocence. Also, for those that came into this world sexually stained by the sin of humanity which we all share, we are better able to identify with their struggles, become more loving, extend more patience and be more helpful in their journey towards Gods intended use of their lives.
The kingdom of heaven is compared to a man that sowed good seeds in his field. I challenge you as readers to be or become those good men and women sowing the good seeds of love, patience, kindness, humility and understanding in the fields of your lives trusting that the growth will spill over into the lives of others affording them an opportunity to experience the kingdom of heaven in this life cycle of hell we all must pass through.
Nathan B. King