Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 2, 2012

Righteous Anger

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 19:45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

After being greeted as a king Jesus went to the temple. The outer courts of the temple were full of sellers of animals for sacrifices and money changes for the right kind of money to use in the temple. As with today, greed was present and prices were very inflated. This certainly didn’t promote an attitude of worship or prayer. Jesus became angry and turned over the tables of the vendors. Sometimes anger is a very good thing if for the right reason and displayed the right way. Jesus did not harm any of the vendors. He only upset their tables, scattering their goods to the floor. He even told them why He was doing this. Sometimes I feel like doing it. I read about churches that are charging for their services. They charge for Vacation Bible School, Bible studies and many other opportunities they host. The charges are more than the price of a possibly needed book for the course. It gives the appearance they are presenting the opportunity to make money yet they are not presented as a fund raising event. There are churches that still ask members to underwrite opportunities for others to come and grow in God. We are to keep our churches as a center for all to come freely and learn of God. Some come to church so they can make “good” contacts for their business. Some come to be seen as a “good” person. There are many reasons people come to church. Jesus wanted church to be a place for worship and praise. We are to come in that attitude and in willingness to encourage others into worship and praise of our Lord and God. Our question is what do we use our churches for – a place to bring others into the fellowship of God? All that we do in a church, all opportunities presented and hosted should lead to the worship and increasing praise and fellowship with God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s be sure we turn over our tables of ulterior motives.

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