Last Sunday's Parable of the Vineyard (or Parable of the Wicked Tenants) got me thinking about how American Christianity is doing as stewards of God's vineyard. So I adapted Jesus' parable to our current situation. (You can read the entire sermon this parable was part of here.)
He put his Son in charge of tenant
relations. The tenants liked the Son,
and they really liked the farmer’s land.
For years they produced bumper crops, and they shipped all the appropriate documentation, notarized and in triplicate, off to the farmer’s Son via Federal Express. But
their harvests were so large, they realized they didn’t have
to plant all the fields to have as much produce as they needed. So they planted less and less. Eventually, the farm didn’t produce as much,
but the tenants were happy, and they figured they could always plant more for the farmer if he needed it. Harvests got smaller, but the tenants still took the same share. Then one day the farmer’s Son came back for
an inspection and found most of his fields overgrown with weeds while the
tenants were in the barn gorging themselves on the seed corn.
What do you think will happen to these tenants?