John 2:13-22 Righteous Anger

John 2:13-22  Righteous Anger

Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there.  He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area.  …He said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”

Like so many things we say, we never seem to finish saying it.  Every parent and teacher tells their kids “Don’t get angry” or “Don’t get into a fight”.   What they should be telling their children is, “Don’t get angry over this” or “Don’t fight about that.”  This, at least, leaves some room for righteous anger and for fighting the good fight!

Is all anger sinful?  No.  The Lord got angry.  And He was absolutely right to get angry.  His Father’s house was being turned into a den of thieves.  Sinful behavior was being called holy!   The Father’s house was rapidly falling into decay. 

Should we get angry?  Of course we should.  But over what?  A teacher at an ISD school told me that fights broke out over the results of the past elections.  Give me a break!  That’s not worth fighting over.  Let’s start fighting for our families, our homes, our marriages, our children and our nation, for they are all quickly rotting away!    

If parents didn’t have a tough enough battle raising their kids healthy and holy, now we can add a few more items to their list!    

While I was walking down the hallway this morning at St. Monica, I noticed a poster the kids had made that read:  “Hop on the train to success:  Say no to drugs!”  Five years from now, the kids may have to modify their message and write: “Say no to drugs until your 21”.

In this past election, two states legalized the recreational use of marijuana:  Colorado (as if Colorado didn’t have enough problems!) and Washington.  “Gay” marriage was approved in three states:  Maine, Maryland and Washington.  The historical and natural definition of marriage was defeated in Minnesota.  For every million dollars raised by marriage supporters, six million dollars was raised by “Gay” marriage supporters.   And, let’s not forget, in this election year, the President, in order to win the single women’s and young people’s votes, decided to do the following: give legal status to young illegal aliens, give free contraceptives to women, continue government funding and support for abortions and declare his support for gay marriage. 

What’s it worth to gain the world and lose your soul? 

If sugar promotes tooth decay and fat in young people, then what in the world will “Gay” marriage and marijuana do to our families, children, marriages and nation?  Will it help them to be stronger and better? 

Feeling better and being better.  The world is divided into two types of people:  those who want you to feel good and those who want you to be good.  There’ are lots of votes to be had and money to be made for those who help you to feel good. 

You know where your Church stands. 

There’s not a lot of money in social work.  No mom ever made a killing by changing diapers and home schooling her kids.  Navy seals are not interested in making the world feel safer.  They are interested in making the world safe. 

Christ wants us.  He fought hard for us.  He raised His voice and sacrificed His life for us.  He did not do what He did to make us feel good.  He did it so that we could be good.  He knows, and so does His Church, that being good will make you feel good.  Whereas, feeling good may not make you good.

What a difference!  That’s the difference!  That’s worth our anger, our fight, our money and our lives!  Christ did not die on the cross so that we could feel good.  He did not become man so that we could feel good.  He did not even preach repentance of our sins so that we could feel good about ourselves.  Christ was no psychiatrist.  He takes away our guilt; a psychiatrist just helps us to not feel guilty.

Foundation.  St. Paul states:  “Brothers and sisters:  You are God’s building…Each one of you must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ”(Eph 3:9-11). 

Fight for what is right!  Get angry for what is wrong!  But remember, without Christ as the foundation, it will be very tough to know the difference between right and wrong. 

Just warning you.


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