The story of Jesus clearing the temple with a whip inspires many a would-be strong Christian leader to “kick-butt and take names” when necessary. Frankly, there probably are times when that is exactly what needs to happen. Most of the time, however, gently rebuking someone will probably do the trick if it is done in love. It’s been my experience that pastors and priests usually do pretty well in this area (though surely not all of them), but many of the churches I’ve visited and attended have had quite a few lay people who seemed to “rule the roost.” Cross these folks and you might just get your head handed to you. It’s as if the church has ceased to be the “Body of Christ,” and has instead been personally handed to a few folks. Did Jesus personally put them in charge? Christian leaders (even at the lowest level) must be careful to remember who they work for, and how much He loves the folks they’re screaming at. One day we will each give an account of every single word.
“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out of you will be destroyed by each other.” Galatians 5:14-15