Many times we become gentle to the extreme. A person without anger is already dead while alive. The Scripture teaches us to control our anger, not to eliminate it; apply it appropriately, not to flaunt it. Paul admonished, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” (Eph.4:26).
Jesus displayed holy anger. He could not tolerate commercialism and blatant disregard for God in the house of God. The holy and gentle Saviour went violent. The Gospel of John 2:13-16 recorded, “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people 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 courts, 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! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!’”
This is an appropriate display of holy anger! It was a display of zeal for the house of God. “His disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’” (John 2:17).
Today the emotions of Christians are easily excited by politics; we jump up and identify with our favourite sports and sports personalities, but we keep our heads cool when the adversary stirs the waters of our Faith. When the issues of the Kingdom of God are challenged we go quiet. This is neither gentleness nor humility. Where is our holy indignation? Or, have we lost the Faith? Have we become lukewarm, indifferent to spiritual stimulants? Have we joined marketers in the House of Prayer?
This is not the time to lose our zeal. This is the time for Christians to arise and confront sin, unrighteousness, disharmony, lukewarmness, and every other vice that weakens our faith in God. May we heed the admonition of Paul in Rom.12:11, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
May God help us to recover our steps and burn with zeal as we anticipate the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.