We should not let our churches be turned into marketplaces
Exalting the LordWhatever the agreement, whatever the concessions between the two parties, something was horribly overlooked.
SEE ALSO :Wrangles giving our churches a bad nameThe temple was meant for prayers and the exalting the Lord. What kind of gains blinded the high priests from seeing that the holy house was being violated? Let’s turn to the sellers. Good heavens, the guys must have been very courageous. Of all places, how did they figure out that the best place to sell there wares was inside a temple? Who negotiated for the church space with the high priests? Didn’t they have second thought as they spread out mats, tents or whatever they used to sell their doves and merchandise? It would be interesting to know the kind of contracts signed allowing the temple to be used as a marketplace. Was paying tax part of the deal? May be the high priests allowed in the businesspeople so that the temple could earn some income. Reading this in the light of the recent incidents in our churches, one wonders if a country that places God above all else is actually “buying and selling in the house of God.”
Buying and sellingThe “temple” of our time is a place where focus is on strengthening the relationship between God and His people. Buying and selling are not part of this relationship. Accumulating property or investments that have nothing to do with directly supporting the life of the Church so that it is able to exist for the sole purpose of bringing people closer to God is nothing but fraud. Income from Church investments must be accounted for in the spirit of stewardship. The whole incident (John 2:15–16) is in fact about the anger of Jesus at what he saw happening. He drove out the buyers and sellers with a whip. He was angry because the place of worship had been turned into a marketplace.
SEE ALSO :Con group returns to Central KenyaThe Church leaders must stand on guard and “drive out” all those who want to turn places of worship into places where some deals are made. Here it is not just politicians that are the problem. Permitting holy ground to be used by individuals to make money whether in form of investments or selling ideology that disrupts people from listening to the voice of God is outright defiance of the law of God. Jesus warned that the Church must read the signs of the time. The temptation to use the Word of God as a commodity to make money is sacrilegious. The people who walk into churches with the motive of gaining popularity or mileage of any kind must be driven out with a whip. Donations to the church must only be used in growing the faith. No one should give to the Church hoping to secure gains in return. Dr Elias Mokua comments on social justice ssues
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