Friday, February 2, 2018

Levels of Tolerance

Matthew 21:12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
What we tolerate says a lot about us.  These religious leaders would not tolerate healing in the temple or children singing praise to the Messiah, yet they allowed, and even promoted, the desecration of the temple by making it a marketplace, shutting out access to God by the gentiles.  They had it all backwards.  What a question for us to ask ourselves: Do I tolerate things in my life, my worship, my  home that Jesus never would, while getting all upset about things that really don't make much of a difference or actually are good things that I just don't like? 

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