“In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’ ~ John 2:14-16 (ESV)
Why does greed consume us so? Why do we, even to this very day, turn God’s house into a place to make money? Churches become businesses. Leaders become businessmen. All the while the people become more and more lost and confused. Non-believers see our ways and curse God. A house of God should never be anything but a place for broken people to find love, peace and joy. Leaders should never have to give a monthly “giving” sermon to get the bills paid.
When will the time come when believers will read the Word and apply what it says? If I have more than enough and you don’t have enough, then together we have enough. When the lost, broken and hurting come to our house and find a congregation of lost, broken and hurting “Christians” is it any wonder they don’t return? When they come in to see all the merchandising and hear about giving more often then not, is it any wonder they question the provision of God? When Church? When will we have this kind of zeal for God’s house and trust the truth we read in our bibles? Why not now? Why not today?