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Mine! It’s Mine!

November 25, 2017

“I sometimes wonder if I am not a Pharisee.

“I find it hard not to think of my faith as a possession.

“I catch myself thinking of my church, my sanctuary, my pew, my  beliefs.”

— Thomas Frank, Disciplines 2017, page 335

Hooooboy.

It’s awkward when someone else says your confession for you. And he sure expressed what I need to confess.

See that hat on my head? Yeah, the red one with the writing on the front that screams “Pharisee.”

I want to get off this team.

You, too?

Check this out:

There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.

When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.

Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.

Last of all, he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said.

But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.”

So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?

“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Uh oh.

Jesus said that, in Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12 and Luke 20:9-19.

My Pharisee hat’s gotta go.

Yours, too?

Over there’s a big pile of them. Leaving mine there right now.

You, too?

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