Monday, March 19, 2018
Conceal Don’t Feel
Day 30—Read Mark 11
“The gloves will help,” the kind-eyed king tells his daughter as he slips two little white mitts onto her still-chubby 8- or 9-year-old hands. “See? Conceal it…” “Don’t feel it,” she replies. “Don’t let it show,” they say in unison.
To me, this was the saddest scene in the Disney movie Frozen because it featured a well-meaning, well-loving father telling his daughter that she was too much and needed to suppress her identity and feelings. But
sometimes, we adopt this philosophy as Christians, too. We concentrate so much on being good, meek, and tolerant, and on suppressing our emotions that we forget there are times when those feelings are justified and should be voiced.
When Jesus walked into the temple, His father’s house, He must’ve felt sick to His stomach to see what had been done to it. It had been perverted, defiled, and desecrated – the beautiful, precious house where people were supposed to draw near to God. Anger must have boiled up in His chest— Red, hot ire. He flipped tables, kicked people out, and knocked benches over because He was filled with a righteous anger for how justice had been trampled in the temple.
God has given us also a temple to protect and care for. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, it says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” We have been given stewardship over ourselves and over each other as God’s temple, yet how often do we watch it be defiled and say nothing? Sex trafficking. Pornography. Abuse. Slavery. Abortion.
We don’t want to cause a fuss. We want to prove ourselves peaceful and tolerant. Certainly, Jesus was a Prince of Peace, but He knew that there comes a time to stand, to flip tables, to call for justice. Jesus refused to stand by and watch His temple be abused, so why do we?
What are you going to flip tables for?
Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Join a pro-life group. Raise awareness for sex trafficking.