13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
As I read this story I think about how this goes against the teachings in some family’s and churches today. We are told that all aggression is wrong, maybe not in the that exact way or that directly but we are made to believe that in life we are called to be tolerant in all things. Tolerance itself is needed in some situations, but like all things any good concept taken too far is a weakness and detrimental to ourselves or others (or both).
I don’t believe Jesus began His day with the though “Hey I think I need to get angry and show aggression today” but rather He came upon a situation that was not just (an injustice) in His eyes and He knew He could not turn His head the other way.
We are called to learn to become more and more like Jesus in our lives as we mature in our walk with God. Many times we think this only means to become more loving, more accepting, etc.. which are true but it also means we will be called to stand up against injustice that we come across in our lives.
Being a Christian and growing in Jesus does not lead to total passivity, as a matter of fact, walking in trust and faith in God is probably the least passive thing you will ever do for it takes believing in things we can not readily see or know.
So dear friends take time today and join me in praying…
Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your Son that we may have life… Jesus thank you for giving everything you had on our behalf…. Holy Spirit please guide us into your truth in all situations in our lives right now. Where are you calling us each to be more loving, more accepting, more tolerant, more aggressive? Is there any injustice around us that you are calling us to rise up and go against?
In Jesus name amen
Have a blessed day,