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WWJW: Who Would Jesus Whip?

By The Reverend Published: October 30, 2011

Bryan Fischer is the American Family Association guy who recently said that Mitt Romney was not a Christian. Romney's a Mormon. And Mormons, according to Fischer, are not Christians. Instead, Mormons are cult members. Which is meant to sound scary....but really isn't, because all religious groups are cults....all of them.

Seems that Bryan Fischer heard a CNN anchor ask a question whether or not Jesus, the Christian cult messiah, would Occupy Wall Street. Would Jesus, the friend of the poor, the vulnerable, the accused and the sick....would Jesus understand and agree with today's American and world citizens who are Occupying Wall Street...and would he join with the thousands of protesters who are protesting the gaming of America, and the world economy, by the financial industry? In short: would Jesus be on the side of the 99%?

Fischer's answer to that question is found here...and I encourage readers to read his explanation in it's entirety. But because this is only a sermonette and not a sermon...The Reverend will only deal with this part of Fischer's take...

Jesus took a whip to the thieves and the covetous in his day. If he were to come back and do the same thing today, he just might start in Zuccotti Park.

Fischer clearly equates the ancient Jewish Temple money changers with the thousands of protesters of Wall Street today. Fischer, it's worth noting, doesn't equate who I call Wall Street "banksters" with the Jewish money-changers of old. To Fischer, the young protesters at Zuccoti Park are the money-changers who riled up the messiah.

John 2: 14-16

And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and he made a scourge of cords, and cast all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their tables; and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.

"Changers of money". The money changers. Jewish pilgrims would make their way to the Temple on high holy days and bring their animal offerings with them to the Temple. Sins could not be forgiven by Jehovah without blood sacrifices.

Certain Jewish skimmers had made a for-profit industry out of these pilgrimages. Because everyone's animal offerings could not physically be offered up as burnt offerings in the vicinity of the Temple, the skimmers forced pilgrims into a transaction. Penitents had to exchange their animal offerings for "Temple money." Then, the "Temple money" could be offered to Jehovah inside the Temple.

Naturally, with a captive marketplace, these Jewish skimmers couldn't resist the temptation to rip off pilgrims through various and sundry exchange-rate schemes. It was common knowledge among the non-rich and non-clergy of those times that religious associates conducting the money changing outside the Temple in Jerusalem...were evil thieves exploiting the common Jewish worshipers every chance they could get. The Temple Courtyard had become a "profit-center."

Now, let me ask readers....of the two....Occupy Wall Street protesters, and Wall Street players themselves....who most resembles the money-changers who operated their skimmer profit-centers in the Courtyard of the Jerusalem Temple?

Within the the lesson.



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