“I was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. I gave orders to purify the rooms, and then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense. ” Nehemiah 13:8-9
“In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:14-16
What do these verse make you think about? Do they conjure an image of God or God’s leaders that you are comfortable with? These are both stories of God’s leaders being angry at the injustice being done to God’s house, and addressing sin.
Sin is a horrible offense to God. It separates us from him, but it also pollutes God’s family, his church, and his name in the world. Many Christians and churches tolerate sin and do not address it. They rationalize it away, turn a blind eye, or address certain sins while leaving others unaddressed. On the other hand some churches take such a strong hand against sin that once a sin is identified the sinner is berated, abused, cast out, even to the point of shunning.
How do we find the heart of God in loving people and hating sin? Is it really that hard?