Ok, so I usually post "Things Jesus Didn't Say", but today I've got a "Things Jesus Kinda Said" and is presented here in the hope it will emphasize what He did say.
Just before Jesus died, he told the people this story:
A Godly man once planted a church and let it out to someone trained in church planting. The man then left the town for a long time. But later, the church plant had grown into a full size mega church, using it’s influence for good moral things. So the man far away sent an associate to ask the church to serve the lowly, and provide for the hurting and support the repressed. But this was not the morality the new church was wanting - in fact, the man seemed to be asking them to go directly against what they taught was right. I mean we've made this a respectable place, and if we do what he asked, well... who knows who will come here. So they beat up the associate and sent him away without anything. So on hearing about this the man sent another associate. The mega church, now with a larger staff, also beat him up. They actually insulted him and mocked him, and sent him away without a thing. At this, the Godly man sent his lawyer. He too was beaten terribly and thrown out of the board room.
The man then said to himself, “what am I going to do? I know what. I’ll send my son, the one I love so much. They will surely respect him!”
But when the Church saw the owner’s son, they said to one another, “if we let him in, he’s going to ruin our plans, and make us open to ridicule, and ruin the standing of this church in our community. He will change the good vibes we have going on here. Let’s kill him! Then we can have this whole complex all for ourselves.” So they threw him out of the church and killed him.
Jesus asked, “What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? I’ll tell you what. He will come and kill those imposters and let someone else have his church.”
When the people heard this, they said, “This must never happen!”
(if only . . .)