Almost 2 years ago I wrote a post entitled “We Push Them Into What?” (still kicking myself for that lousy title). To recap, I expressed my concern that encouraging Mormons to leave the LDS church more often than not encourages them to leave Christianity altogether and quite frequently promotes atheism/agnosticism. I still stand by those thoughts, but tonight I read something Jesus said which makes me think I may not have gone far enough.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds [one translation says “weeds that looked like wheat”] among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” Matthew 13:24-30
This challenges me. A lot. I still have all the other things Jesus said about discerning false prophets and warnings about wolves-in-sheep’s clothing running through my head. Those verses still hold true. But according to this parable, once the devil has done his work, we need to leave it to the angels to sort out later.
I’ll be thinking and meditating on this for the next couple of days. I’m not exactly a “dragon killer” when it comes to deconverting Mormons. I’ve never done it, not once, even when I was actively trying. But if I had a magic bullet that destroyed Mormon faith, I can’t say I wouldn’t use it.
And lest any Mormon Apologist feel they’ve found a triumph over Evangelical Anti-Mormons, this passage doesn’t exactly have a rosy outlook for the weeds (Yes that’s what Evangelicals really think of you, don’t act surprised).
UPDATE: I’ve spent some time with this passage and have come to some conclusions. See that post here.