Re: Chaplains Corner
Yesterday, I had a message that I know put some people off. Somehow, the idea is out there that Christians are supposed to be all meek and mild all the time, no matter what the circumstances. This devotional is to them.
I remember an old evangelist I sat under for a week-long revival many years ago in IL. He had a message titled "Jesus was not a nice guy; he was RIGHT!"
The whole point of the sermon was that Jesus was not some touchie-feelie milquetoast type of person. He was not all holding hands and singing cum-by-ya.
John 2:13-15 (KJV); And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
When the money changers were desecrating the temple, Jesus did not say "Come, let us reason together." He did not apply the principles taught in sensitivity training classes. He made a WHIP. The Bible does not go into great detail about his entry into the temple that day, as it only mentions that he drove all out and then upset the tables of these merchandisers. If that is ALL he did, why did he first make a whip? Do you suppose he whipped those nasty tables with it? Do you suppose he drove them out of the temple the way a bar owner closes the place by announcing "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!"? No, the whip was for the MEN who were desecrating the temple! Jesus was not all completely peace and love that day; but he was all completely RIGHT.
And that is the lesson to us.
We are to pattern ourselves after Christ; that is why we call ourselves Christians.
As Christians, we are not required to always be NICE.
But we must guard that, when we are not nice, we are right.
May the Lord bless each one of us here, and I pray for strength and morality that none of us kindle his righteous anger.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.