And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20:9-18.
Jesus was far more concerned with those in spiritual authority than those in civil authority. We can tell because He so frequently spoke against the scribes, Pharisees, and teachers of the law, but uttered not a peep against the cruel Roman dictatorship that currently occupied the promised land. I think this is a very timely passage, as we are spouting all sorts of political invective over the last election. I understand that injustices have taken place. They always do. The crooked will be with us always. But the keepers of God’s vineyard are charged with bringing Him fruit, no matter what form of government they live under.
Back in 2011, after losing my last local election, I decided to give that up and seek God about what to do with my life. My wife and I decided to join a ministry that evangelizes children: Child Evangelism Fellowship. When the pandemic became a reason for churches to close and the schools were closed to our ministry, I once again prayed about what God wanted me to do. And that is why I hit the streets, holding signs for the Gospel. I am not waiting for permission from the government to go out and share the Gospel with my city.
In a real sense, many vineyards have been taken away. It may be the Lord’s doing.