Gerry Gutierrez' Update



Witnessing the building of Walls. From a wall builder.


 

Jesus speaking about building Walls.

 

Two thousand years ago, Jesus spoke a parable on Mark 12: 1- 12 (NIV).

 

Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtowerThen he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

 

 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

 

 “But the tenants said to one another, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours. So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

 

 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture?

 

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

 the Lord has done this,

And it is marvelous in our eyes.

 

Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

 


 

Walls, “to build or not to build walls”.

 

Walls are not built in secret and they are there to protect private property.  

Walls are testifying evidences that there is a conflict of interest over property.

Walls are to protect planted vineyards weather from enemies or small foxes. 

Walls alone are not enough to protect they must have towers and watchmen. 

Walls plus towers equals’ security and security produces the peace of mind. 

 

Once the peace of mind is established, the journey of life must go normally.

 

Renters seek secure neighborhoods to rent and they are not owners of property. Renters become squatters entering like beggars refusing to move like tyrants.

Renters often overstayed their visa or contract and stay as abusive usurpers. 

Renters who forget to blush practice shameless coups against rightful owner. 

Renters aim to keep the rightful owner of property out and preferably dead.

 

When renters and owners are in a collision course what is the rule of Law?

 

Some experts have defined, “Politics as war without shedding of blood and war as politics with blood shed.” In some ways that is true, once Diplomacy does not work violence finds its way to abuse of transitionary power and when it escalates to blood shed and crime against the very family of the Land Lord occurs, then politics turns into an all out war. 

 

It is then where death and violence is unavoidable and final judgment and complete humiliations happens to the attempters against the sanctity of “Contract” and the dignity of authority that put Power in action to establish order once again.

 

It is not a matter of whether is convenient to build or not to build a wall, but it is a matter of principle where by authority established by God as its invention to keep order must and should prevail. Any authority is better than no authority, because authority is from God. 

 

What is more noticeable is that the scripture does not necessarily defend the Man in position of Authority but Authority itself. In fact the principle is that God builds with that which man rejects. 

 

It is to the Glory of God that authority must prevail and prevail through those whom men reject as deplorable. So no one can glory but God.

God is still in the business of striking a straight blow with a crooked stick. 

 

Men and women are not to see themselves as the judges of authority once the will of God has spoken through the collective will of the people. It is good to remember that it is God that works in people the desire to do and to will by his power for his own sovereign purpose. 

 

God does not choose people on the basis of their outward appearance but he sees the heart and is particularly fun of those who are not ashamed to confess his name; so he in turn is not ashamed to call them his servants.

 

God also protects his servants and dust justice at the end. The former aliens once they get inside a property they change their attitude and seem to say “Get me out of here if you can” or “you want me out, make me”. 

They find strength in wicket alliances of convenience and wait for an opportune time to make a coup and take over. The only thing that Keep them honest according to this parable of Jesus is the fear of the people, the crowds and they go away in shame; as all illegitimate power should end and the Judas’ of our time.  

 

God speaks today if you go to his word in child like manner. Judge for yourselves if this story of the tenant of thousand years ago is not relevant to what is happening in our time in January 7, 2018.

 

Gerry Gutierrez

 

 PS. Sunday Morning at the crack of down our Lord used this passage to speak to my heart on the matter of the Wall for which I find myself praying. For 30 years I have been building walls as Executive Director of The Nehemiah Corporation. Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem to build walls with the blessing of God and the help of the King of the Land at that time. I am inclosing and old newsletter 

* Even before the communion service, a ministry must fence the table to keep order for the good of the person who may have taken lately the Law of God. Cosmically we live between two kingdoms in conflict.