Violence, racism, injustice, poverty, murder - doesn't it make you angry? All sin, including our own, should.
Isn’t it interesting that our Lord who is perfection personified anger!
Here, we must be careful not to equate His anger with our normal everyday experiences of anger. We can describe His anger as righteous anger, which is redemptive, not destructive.
The Prophet Isaiah said: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). What is our attitude towards the house of God? When we talk of the house of God it begins from the spiritual temple of our bodies to the physical edifice that houses us during worship, called a Church.
Christ expressed great displeasure at the evil actions people were involved in especially in in the temple, but that is because He desired their repentance. Many who were there may have been very shocked at His actions, we too can be shocked when reading it, but it righteous anger motivates to make change.
Dear friends, we ought to be angered by sin because it is capable of destroying us. However, we must be careful that we don’t use this example of Jesus to justify losing control of ourselves and entering into the deadly sin of anger. Righteous anger, as Jesus expresses today, will always leave one with a sense of peace and love for those who are rebuked, like a parent correcting a child.
So much was sacrificed to get the Church of Christ to where it is today. What have you and I done for the Church? If we treat our bodies as spiritual temples and the Church reverently, prayers will be answered and wonders will be experienced.