Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
John 2:13-17 (NKJV) Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up."
What truth is revealed? Jesus was obviously angry at the actions of the moneychangers in the temple. It was the right kind of anger; a righteous anger. He observed the business practices of the moneychangers as they proceeded to cheat the well-intentioned pilgrims who were at the temple to offer their sacrifices. Jesus was overwhelmed with emotions as He was an eye witness to people being taken advantage of in the House of God!
What can we learn from this story? The cause of the Church is not social justice. We are called to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples; However, when we observe social injustice, we should “feel” a righteous anger that calls us to action. The Church should be a voice that challenges social injustice and calls the culture to repentance. Modern-day moneychangers exist to exploit people and the Church should call them out. Let me point out a historical fact: It was the Church, firstly in England and later in the United States that called for an end to slavery.
How can I apply this truth to my life? Jesus didn’t spend His entire ministry fighting for social justice. He had a more critical mission—the mission of bringing salvation; but, He was unafraid to speak out and take action when needed. As a minister I am committed to the primary calling of making disciples; but I also want to be a voice that speaks loudly and clearly against evil. I should feel a righteous anger with the slaughter of unborn children, the sex slave trade, the genocide of Christians and others in Syria, racism, bigotry, etc. The same love that compels me to preach the Good News is the same love that compels me to stand against social injustice.
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.