"I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: 
My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it
with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
but it yielded only bad fruit.......What more 
could I have done for it?...Now I will tell you what 
I am going to do to my vineyard.
I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed.
I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled. 
I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds not to rain on it.
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are the garden of His delight.
And He looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
for righteousness, but heard cries of distress."
--Isaiah 5: 1-7

What do we hear all day? All night? The news is constant with bloodshed and distress.Whether you watch fiction or non-fiction, in other words, whether you see it daily on the streets or on TV, it's a steady barrage of trash.  In the US, we have seen a steady decline in our society, with morals descending into the abyss, public vitriol, open rebellion against law and order. The social media have become cesspools of sickness and degeneration into social war, division, public bullying and harassment.  Politics is all shouting and anti-President debate. Schools, cities, and even states openly talk about defying the federal government. The people in America who try to have a reasoned discussion about any issue are shouted down by the hate-mongers.

America, like the rest of the so-called "Christian" countries, is awash in bloodshed, and cries of distress, and the churches are impotent, silent, playing games to keep themselves out of the news.

We in the most free of countries have used that freedom to create perhaps the most vile and disgusting society in history. We murder millions of innocent God-created children in the womb; we fill our minds with filth from movies, TV, and even turn music into a fleshly indulgence. We are profane, filled with lust, and hungry for evermore guilty pleasures. We run after things that were considered out of bounds only a few generations ago. And in the churches, we celebrate along with the world, we follow the trends, we run with the crowd.  What do we expect God to do? Let us alone to party ourselves to death with the world?

Brethren who really know and serve Christ, who are part of His great Ekklesia around the globe, take heart. The wasteland will make way for the Lord and His judgment, and the final product will be a Church without spot or wrinkle.  A remnant that stand purified by the blood of Christ before Him. His great love will win in the end.  

But for the foreseeable future, we face great trial and tribulation. No use trying to hide, but each of us must stand for what we know is true. Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.


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