““Then Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, and turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. And he said to them, “It is written, ‘ My house will be called a house of prayer, ’ but you are turning it into a den of robbers!” Matthew 21:12-13
I recently came across a phrase that said “Flip Tables”. I immediately fell in love with the message behind this. But, what does this mean? In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus sees actions going on in the temple that He doesn’t approve of.
What does He do? He doesn’t sit in the corner and judge silently. He doesn’t turn a blind eye and pretend He doesn’t see it to avoid conflict. No, He flips the tables over so these sinful actions cease to continue. Jesus doesn’t do this to cause a commotion or to be seen of men. He does this because the people selling things were going against his Father’s word.
So, how does this apply to us? How can we be like Jesus in this scenario? Well, we as Christians should want to see others succeed, do good, and live in Christ. We can’t do this by sitting quietly and allowing others to live in sin.
No, we need to be bold in our faith and stand up for the cause of Christ. We should love our fellow Christians enough so that when we see a problem, we hold them accountable. Not because we feel we are better than them, but because we want them to spend eternity in Heaven.
We see this in James 5:19-20 when it says, “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
So, “Flip Tables”, love your neighbor, and let’s help one another in our walks as Christians.