Gentile wheat and homosexual Christians: New Testament directions for the heterosexual church

Jeffrey S Siker. In RL Brawley (ed) Biblical Ethics & Homosexuality: Listening to scripture (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996) ch 9. The Gospel of Matthew (13.24-29; 36-40) contains the challenging parable of the wheat and the tares (or weeds). A farmer plants seeds, but an enemy comes at night to sow weeds. The farmer decides to wait until harvest before destroying the weeds, "because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them". Siker argues that we should follow this parable, and let it curb our tendency to remove perceived 'sinners' in our churches. In doing so, we are likely to cause a lot of damage. Also, it is really hard to tell the difference between 'wheat' and 'weeds', until harvest. He relates this parable to homosexual Christians, who many are keen to 'uproot'. If you believe homosexuality to be a sin, let it co-exist, and trust that God will sort it out in the end.