“But Jesus flipped tables in the temple.”

Jesus drove away people who were disrespecting the house of God by making it a place of greedy commerce and cheating. He grew angry when God’s holiness was flouted in the temple, and when religious leaders tried to flaunt their legalistically obtained “righteousness.” 

Aside from the fact that Jesus seemed far more offended by failure in the religious community to respect God than any outsiders’ sins, remember: You only have the right to stand before God clean because of the gift of Jesus’ blood. While Christians should judge the difference between right and wrong according to scripture, you should share the truth with the patience, grace, and gentleness you would hope others would show toward your own weakness, whichever one it is that you would rather others not see. 

With the grace given to you, give back. If you are hurt, offended, challenged, or threatened, let that be what opens your eyes to have greater empathy for others who have suffered, even if their experiences, weaknesses, and sins are different from yours.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Cor. 13:1).

Christians, in a time of gongs and alarms, be love. Speak truth. And remember who’s in control.

How can you begin today?

  • Pray for clarity, wisdom, truth, love, and justice in our nation

  • Pray for God to fill you with His love for the people you encounter and disagree with, so that your conversations ultimately point people toward God

  • Study scripture to gain wisdom so that you can have insight regarding current issues