The Vine Dresser

It’s the day after the election and a somewhat disappointing one at that. I have to question why is this? How could people be so ignorant as to re-elect the current president? But then I found the answer, or at least part of it.

We live in country where the majority of people only care about themselves. They only care what is in it for them, how they can get what they want, how they can make themselves feel good. They only worry about how they can get more, more money, more power, more stuff, and how they can do less to get it. Whoever promises us more stuff will win, it is that simple.

The Catholic vote was especially hard to take. This shows that we also have become part of this culture. Forget about the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Gospels, just worry about ourselves. It doesn’t matter that we are one step closer to losing our religious freedoms and our freedom of speech. It doesn’t matter that fewer and fewer of us will be working harder and harder to pay for those who refuse to work. It’s all about what is in it for me.

I could give up, throw up my hands and not concern myself with any of it. I could accept what has happened, that we will become a more and more secular society. I could ride of into the sunset and forget all about it. But then I have to wonder what God wants me (and us) to do. For some time now I have felt He is trying to tell me something. A sign here, a dream there, but I haven’t been able to put it together yet. I believe God is in control, I believe He has a plan, and it is my duty to obey Him and figure out where I fit.

One of the things I have been wondering about is whether or not it I am supposed to be doing more to make certain others don’t follow the path I followed. I wonder if it is God’s wish for me to help others stay with the faith, to believe, to keep others from making the same mistakes I have made, to keep them from the grips of Satan.

Everyday I read something in my Bible. Today I opened to Luke 13:6 – 9:

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found non. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Lo, these three years U have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’

What is Jesus trying to teach us here? While we don’t know how the tree made out, he is telling us to nourish the tree, give it a chance to see what happens. Perhaps the tree hasn’t been taken care of. Maybe it was left alone. Could this be true with some of us as well?

So I ask myself (and you as well) is Jesus trying to tell me I should be the vinedresser? Should I be the one who is digging around the fig tree and nourishing it? (I’ll leave the obvious comment about spreading manure alone). Is this what God is trying to tell me by putting this verse in front of me? This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to me.

I don’t know for certain, but I will see what happens.

Please feel free to share this post with others. Also feel free to comment. I would like to increase the readership of this blog to spread the message and just maybe next election cycle things will change.

9 thoughts on “The Vine Dresser

  1. What I think we see in the “Catholic” vote is the great divide that has occurred between secular Catholics and devoted Catholics. Mass-going Catholics sided with Romney. They saw the danger Obama is to their beliefs – pro-life, against government forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception, personal charity over big government programs – while the secular Catholics got in line for their free stuff like everybody else.

    As for Jews, I just cannot believe that any Jew – even a secular one – would vote for Obama given his true feelings about Israel. But the link in your column shows that 70% (down from 78%) voted for Obama this time. Perhaps the percentage of secular Jews as opposed to devoted Jews in America is growing.

    Now, as for the Christians… I’ll be back tomorrow to share a link about that to my own thoughts over at


      1. thewriteamerica

        Hey – the big comment didn’t disappear. It was in some sort of computer version of an office “outbox.”


  2. thewriteamerica

    Hmmm… my very long and well-thought comment did not post. Much tears.

    The short of it is – secular Catholics don’t care about the issues that affect the Church.

    Any Jew who votes for Obama given his views on Israel shocks the heck out of me, but perhaps the percentage of secular vs practicing Jews in America is just so huge now.

    And as for the Christians… I’ll be back tomorrow with a link to my own article on that.


    1. The Progressive agenda is working. They are succeeding in the indoctrination of our kids through the public school system. They are succeeding at taking God from our lives, turning everything into “grey” areas, corrupting our morals.

      Too many of us now think it is okay to take as long as it helps me. Morality is fast being eroded.


      1. thewriteamerica

        Your public school system strikes at my very heart. I do indeed think that is the initial force point of the progressives’ attack.

        My son – who is a very independent thinker – went to public school. Even at an early age he would come home and roll his eyes about how multiculturalism meant you could promote any religion or hokum except Christianity. He could not be broken by their constant propaganda on sexuality, religion, or politics.

        My daughter, however, gets very upset when things appear divisive or go against what we teach her at home. She is in private school now.


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