John 2:14-16, “In the temple courts Jesus found men selling cattle and sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. He made a whip out of cords sand He drove all of them from the temple area. both sheep and cattle and he scattered the coins of the money changers and he overturned all their tables.”
Just because something is accepted by society does not mean it’s acceptable to God. Everybody knows that. That sounds simple. But it’s vital. Christians down through the ages have always tended to mirror their society rather than reflect the glory of God. That’s been a real tendency in believers’ lives.
You and I need to recognize it’s a tendency for us too; if you look at the society around us. We have to live in the society and we have to buy things in the society. It’s difficult not to mirror things in the society. Not to say, “Everybody’s doing it. It’s acceptable so I guess its ok.”
This money changing in the temple, this selling of cattle, they didn’t just wake up one morning and say, we can make two hundred grand off God’s people by doing this. I don’t think the Sadducees were evil at the beginning like that. They were more evil by Jesus’ day. But it just crept in. You know how things do that in our lives.
It crept in slowly. Jesus stood up and said, “This is not acceptable!” it’s more important to be spiritually correct that politically correct. That’s good to know in our day today. This is hard for me sometimes. We can’t always be diplomatic about the truth. You can’t. I like to be diplomatic. I like everybody to agree. I like people to walk out of the room feeling good about the decision that they made, feeling good about themselves and positive about life.
There are times in life when you have to say, “There’s no easy way to say this. Here’s the truth.” Jesus in this case had to say it in anger. Sometimes we have to say it in sadness. Sometimes we have to say it in a matter of fact, clear way to people. You can’t always be diplomatic about that. You can’t always as a believer speak around the truth. Jesus couldn’t. He walks in and drives them out and cleanses His temple.
Where is the Temple of God today? That’s the one question. Many people read this passage and think “church house”. We need to be careful of the things we do in here. I agree with that. Of course this needs to be a place that’s special to us and we use as stewardship for God. This isn’t the temple of God today that’s not the application. The New Testament teaches that the temple of God today is you. It’s us.
What does He need to drive out in my life? Maybe even better: How can I cooperate with Him in doing that? He is going to drive it out but it would be a lot easier if I could recognize that and cooperate with Him.