Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jesus and Violence - Understanding the Law

I have found many Christians uncomfortable talking about Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple. It's a side of Jesus that proves tough to explain in light of the pacifist image portrayed most about the Son of God.

What Jesus was actually doing was protecting private property. His reference to "My Father's House" gives us the first indication of the basis of His actions. Under the Law a person could take actions to deal with situations on his own property. Being His Father's Son and legal, rightful heir, Jesus also had the right to protect His Father's interests.

When others intrude onto private property or into relationships in which they have no authority, those vested with the proper authority may lawfully respond. God has created life on this earth with certain bounds. When those bounds are violated, the person committing the trespass is subject to immediate action and, eventually judgment.

So, when you take action, especially when protecting or defending the interests of others, make sure you have the legal right and authority to do so. Jesus did!
Jesus always followed the Law!

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