John 2:13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Get this....Jesus made a whip and chased the moneychangers out of the temple. Now that would be incorrect in our modern church world. There would be a deacon's meeting so quick it would make your head spin. The millenials would have to be put in counseling because of the vivid memory of seeing Jesus so hateful with the people using God's house for making money with ill gain methods. Cmon...really? Our enemy in an attempt to minimize the effect of God's Word in our lives has gone about like a roaring lion to scare us into allowing anything to go whether it is Christians or lost people. Because appearances of both are the same and we have become content to live in the dark, so the light that is supposed to shine through us is very dim at best. Everything has become relative; relative to how I feel; relative to what everybody else is saying; relative to what the world accepts or rejects. RELATIVE. We have allowed so many questionable things to exist in how we live our lives or do church, and now we can't take a stand for anything or we will be called hateful. Example: Have someone come up to you to ask you if something they are going to do that is questionable is still ok, and you give them a straight answer with a straight face and say they shouldn't do it. Their reaction wouldn't be "thanks for being honest with me." Their reaction would be "You are so mean and hateful." So the reaction of you giving your opinion when they asked for it is "You are so mean and hateful." If they can put the whole discussion on your straightforward answer then they can speak to you like you are the bad guy here. That is the result of the WOKE lifestyle we are dealing with and it is all through the church, just as much as it is in our world!!
So where do we go? Back to the basics of our faith. Trust God, Trust His Word, and live as best we can as sinners saved by God's grace....Even mentioning this in this blog will cause those who are WOKERS to get their hackles up and try to shut up this message. So their reaction is designed to get me to lose my convictions that are Bible-based and give in to the hype! So that will make it where I am spiritually correct, but that correctness is based on the latest trends of the day. There is something wrong with that whole way of living, but sure enough it is here and it is powerful. Just don't be part of the side that fuels it, but be a part of the "difference." Make that difference today and be ready to be questioned, misunderstood, and ridiculed. We never want to live a spiritual correct faith based on the world's impression of what our convictions should be. Shine as a light in the darkness and you will be surprised at what that light will show, and who it shows too.
Jesus went to the temple and saw what that place of prayer had been turned into and in their eyes He was not correct for their impression of what they thought was ok spiritually. And yes, Jesus turned over tables and ran them out of the temple with a whip he had made to do just that, get them out!! I believe we need Jesus to come back in the modern-day church with His spiritual whip and whip us into shape so we can once again make a difference by being different than the worldly norm. In verse 16 Jesus said "Get those things out of here!!" That is great advice and truth for all of us, so let's heed His Words and start making a difference again instead of just complaining.
The Pilgrimage continues.....