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Drive them out.

Perhaps we should pity the bankers. But perhaps not. Christ drove the bankers of his day out of the temple, and not a single ruler said a thing. He was not criticized for this.

He was not challenged for healing the blind and the lame. But when children started saying “Hosanna” the priests seethed. They were jealous of the souls they thought were theirs. And they forgot that the one they worshipped would replace their earthly worship with something that was not ritual but spirit and truth, as the prophets had foretold.

But perhaps we should follow Christ, and drive them out. The politicians of this day seem to like that.

Matthew 21:12-22

12Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

14The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry 16and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?” 17He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

18In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. 20When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 21Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. 22Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

I think that the three passages show us something more profound: that God is not nice, polite and pretty. He is righteous, and that is terrible. The righteous will let that which does not meet the full will of God burn as surely as the fig tree did. The righteous will confront. They will completely ignore those who consider themselves offended by their actions.

Nor will they care about the feelings of rulers or bankers.

Christ was confrontational. The truth is such, and God is truth.

And we are called to be like him. If Paul today discussed how we should be slaves to righteousness not sin, we may have to add a gloss. We should never be the slaves of the feelings of the sensitive, the politically oh so sensitive, who consider that no one should ever challenge their feelings.

The existence of anyone seeking righteousness offends such. Do not listen to them. Ignore them.

If called in front of their academies, speak the truth, and the gospel. Challenge their religious discrimination.

And in the church drive them out, even with a whip.

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