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Lower Than The Prostitutes

John Collins04/14/2012
Matthew 21 tells how Jesus spoke against the high priests and elders with a parable.

He said that a man had two sons.  He went to the first and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today."

The son replied, "I will not."  But afterwards, he changed his mind and went.

He went to the other son and asked the same of the other son.  The other son answered, "I will go," but did not go.

Jesus asked the high priests and elders, "Which of the two did the will of his father?"  They replied that the first son did his father's will.

Jesus said to them that the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before they would.  He said that John came to them in the way of righteousness, and they did not believe him.  The tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him.  And even when they saw it, they did not change their minds and believe him.

As Christians we should ask ourselves:  If our heavenly Father tells us to go, do we go?  Do we pray on Sunday that we will obey His will, and then ignore it throughout the week?  Do we separate ourselves from the sinners, or do we try to help them?  Do our pastors condemn the people of the city who do not believe God, or do they pray and preach to them as John the Baptist did?  Do they mourn for the lost, or do they condemn them like the high priests?  Is this the way of righteousness?  Will the 'tax collectors and prostitutes' of our day who are saved by the labor of other pastors make it into the kingdom of heaven first?