Last week, as I was watched the Ferguson fiasco go down, I kept bouncing back and forth between CNN and MSLSD to see how the Left was pitching this massive destruction of personal and private property on behalf of the “innocent” and “gentle giant”, Michael Brown.
Both networks had black ministers on throughout the week that basically justified the riots. Yes, some pooh-poohed the extreme acts of violence, however several of them didn’t really crap on the “protestors”.
Chief amongst the “ministers” who didn’t seem to care what chaos was created was the Reverend Al Sharpton and his spirit-twin the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
As I watched these “men of God” cheerlead this mess, I started thinking to myself, “Self … what Bible do they read? … ‘The Race-Baiters Grievance Edition?’ “; because no one who’s ever traipsed through an unadulterated New Testament would think that such mayhem, for such a flimsy -- no … farcical -- reason is remotely justifiable. That is if, and that’s a big “if”, Jesus is the standard for a person's behavior.
Indeed, if one read just a smidgen of Jesus’s teachings they would quickly deduce that if Christ were the blueprint for the believer, then the behavior of these looting morons is contemptible and worthy of a true minister’s rebuke and wide spread public condemnation. But, eh … not so much for the likes of the Reverend Sharpton and Jackson, which left me thinking that they must revere something else other than the Jesus of The Gospels because the Christ of the Scripture wouldn’t back their race-baiting and destructive behavior or anyone that fans those hideous flames.
That said, please allow me to inject at this juncture that Jesus was not above kicking some butt and breaking stuff if need be. Look, Jesus was no wussy. For example, one of the first snapshots we have of Jesus in John’s account of his ministry was his turning water into wine and cleansing the temple, two things the teetotalers and the timid would not like being in the sacred text.
Check it out in John 2:13-17:
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
And here’s Matthew’s account of Jesus’ opening up a can of whup ass: Matthew 21:
12 “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.13 He said to them, 'It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” but you make it a den of robbers.'"
Let’s break it down, shall we?
First off, please take note of the offense that got Jesus in a bad mood: Religious hucksters had turned God’s house into a cash cow for religious goobers. In other words, it was a clear-cut, irrefutable offense, with empirical evidence, that got Christ’s dander up. Ponder that nugget before you burn down an innocent couple’s grocery store, por favor.
This lead, as stated, to Jesus' going postal on the place. But what I’d like to point out was how Jesus released his rage as an example to us schleps that follow his lead, if and when it comes to dusting up against some true injustice. Are you ready? Well, alrighty then.
Herewith are the various particulars regarding how the Holy One rolled.
1. Jesus made a whip, which screams to moi, that he was patient and methodical and it wasn’t belligerent, out of control, frenzied rage he sported.
2. Jesus only vandalized the evil SOBs' stuff that were desecrating God’s house. Please note, he didn’t morph into a crazy vandal.
3. Jesus didn’t steal their stuff after condemning their actions. Hello!
4. Jesus had a clear biblical mandate that God’s house was to be a house of prayer and that zeal for its purity drove his legit wrath.
5. Jesus, didn’t cleanse the temple incognito. He wasn’t anonymous. He wore no weird mask, or a bandana over his face, or a hoodie and shades. People who do that are nutless wonders. If you’re so bold and so in the right, then like Jesus, represent … stand up and be counted.
6. Jesus didn’t make a living off grievance based temple-tossing. He didn’t form a non-profit that went around making life miserable for everyone he thought sucked. Also, he acted alone, without some massive posse and there are only two examples of him ever engaging in such acts.
And that, my little children, is how Christ threw a holy fit. Anything else is … well … uh … un-Christlike and must be repented of and condemned especially by “reverends” who lead the flock of God, of which I bet the majority of the Ferguson protestors go to church. So I’m a thinkin’ the aforementioned should apply.
Finally, for the slow amongst us who claim Christ as their captain please note in Jesus’s example of opening up a can of whup ass that …
- There was no stealing.
- There was no arson.
- There was no stoking of a phony revolt based on lies. Empirical evidence drove Jesus’ cleansing of the temple.
- There was no labeling of the folks as “Jewish-devils.”
- There was no unnecessary destruction of property.
- There was no inciting to riots.
- He didn’t do it in defense of some teenaged criminal.
- He didn’t threaten to rape and/or murder his enemies' women and kids.
- And he wasn’t impulsive in his anger and reduced to animalistic destruction.
Jesus was an example on how to deal with egregious wrongs without losing one’s holy head.
Now, here’s my challenge to my black brethren: I dare black ministers to read this in their churches.
Oh, and one more thing: the only religion that allows for the kind of destruction and chaos that we witnessed this past week in Ferguson and other places is Islam and not Christianity. So you might ought to think about either converting to Islam or repenting for missing Christ’s example by a flippin’ mile. Amen.