My search for a proper home in Christianity continues. But as that journey continues, I would like to share my thoughts on a Biblical verse highly appropriate for our time:
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Matthew 21:12 & 21:13
Socialists love to tout this particular quote as evidence that Christ was anti-Capitalism, and pro-Socialism. “See, look, he hated bankers!” This is, of course, a remarkably self-serving spin on it. They believe themselves capable of interpreting the words of the Son of God, two thousand years ago, in a context that is favorable to their own belief system as seen through the lens of a completely unrelated political ideology. It is extreme solipsism.
I’ve found that much of the New Testament is a study on human nature. So while interpreting Christ’s words in modern political terms is often an exercise in futility, his lessons are nonetheless eternal.
I’ve spoken at length before on the subject of Leftism doing the exact, 180 degree opposite of what is moral and right. They will, for instance, demonize heterosexual sex between husband and wife as “oppressive.” Meanwhile, excuses are made for pedophiles and child molesters. This is the opposite of sense, of moral rightness. Indeed, it’s an inversion of Biblical morality.
This is precisely what was going on in the temple. It was supposed to be a house of prayer, where one was closer to God, and closer to righteousness. It was being used for the exact opposite purpose, to cheat people out of their money. God was turned into a business, and furthermore, that business was turned into thievery.
This is how a Danish woman who defended herself against a migrant rapist finds herself at the wrong end of the law, prosecuted and fined for daring to have the temerity to defend herself.
Christ did not whip the money changers for practicing a business, or making a profit. He whipped them for being thieves and cloaking themselves in God’s own righteousness as they conducted their theft. He revealed them as the impostors they were.
All I can say is, if cloaking one’s self in righteousness while practicing the intolerable is worthy of whipping, we will need a lot of whips to clean out the temple this time around.