[quote="Bezant, post:15, topic:324713"]
If Burger King took advantage of its elderly customers and charged them an extra 50%, would you vandalise every Burger King location in sight? Unless you live in the power vacuum that is Somalia (not sure if Burger King is there), I hope you would bring the issue to court instead of taking retribution in your own hands.
Even if the merchants had been exploiting their customers, thereby making the Temple a "den of thieves," Jesus technically had no right to enforce the law on the public's behalf as man. Today we would have arrested him.
Sorry, bad analogy.
1.) Burger King is not a house of worship. It's a franchised restaurant.
2) Jesus didn't vandalize the temple, he forced certain people who were disrespecting it out of there.
- In your example, Burger King itself is overcharging their customers. Now if there were solicitors outside Burger King trying to take advantage of the customers heading into Burger King, that would be closer to what was happening to the temple when Jesus was there. And the manager of Burger King would have every right to tell those swindlers to get off of his property. And that would not be worthy of arrest as you say.
And Jesus was the "manager" if you will, of the temple. So he had every right and duty to do that.
But imagine if there were thirty salesmen sitting in front of the Eucharistic Chapel at your parish and yelling and screaming over each other trying to sell their products to people who were coming there to adore Our Lord, you mean to tell me you wouldn't get outraged and force them out?? They're disrespecting the creator of the universe!:eek:
Jesus showed us here that we sometimes need to take action when there's evil around us.
He also showed us how to suffer wrongs patiently through His passion and death. It's not one or the other, absolute pacifism or absolute action, but both, whatever the circumstance calls for.:thumbsup: