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Robbing the Poor To Feed the Rich

John Collins04/12/2012
Matthew 21 describes how Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem, and drove out all those who sold or bought.

He overturned the tables of the cashiers, more than likely scattering the money all across the floor.  He overturned the seats of those who sold pigeons.

The pigeon was a bird that was used for burnt offering, one of only two birds allowed according to Leviticus 1:14.  People in the temple were making profit from the people as they humbly offered their bird to God.  

Jesus told them, "It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  What motives to our leaders have when they sell us cardboard suitcases filled with memories of a prophet that is dead and gone?  Where is the Bible in the suitcase, the one thing they should be pointing to?  Why do they tell us to "stay with the tapes," and then sell them to us at a price so high that the poor cannot afford to buy?  Do our pastors preach tithing of ten percent, even to the poor?  Have you ever stopped to count heads and calculate the amount that would be given?  Where does all this money go?  Wouldn't you think there would be no poor in the congregation?

We need to ask ourselves, "Is this being done for the glory of God, or is this being done for some other purpose?"