It’s pretty easy to get down on the guys selling sheep, cattle and birds in the temple of Jesus’ day (See John 2:12-25). Seems pretty crude to us. And it seems pretty obvious that the temple is not the place for that kind of stuff.
Then again, many churches today have ham and bean suppers to raise money, or sell books and music and whatever trinkets in their buildings.
And worship related things–like praise and worship music and Christian concerts–are big business. And the Cable channels are filled with big business religion of all flavors.
So I struggle with verse like Hebrews 12:28, 29 that say “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'”
When I notice that it says “worship God acceptably…” it makes me wonder if a lot of what we do as sincere but distracted Christians falls under the heading of “unacceptable worship.”
Then the “…consuming fire” thing catches my eye and brings a little tightness in the gut.
“Lord, please help me to humble my heart to make me think less of myself and more of You. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You O Lord.”