John N. Davis: Jesus Would Drive Out People Who Use Cell Phones During Church Services

So, are you as tired of hearing cell phones go off in church as I am?

It seems as if every Sunday, either in the morning worship service or in my Sunday school class, I’ll hear a cell phone go off. It’s usually the case that the guilty party or parties get that “What, me worry?” look made famous by MAD Magazine’scover boy, Alfred E. Neuman. Then they rummage around, finally find the offending cell phone, and do whatever they have to do to get it to stop ringing, without in any way acknowledging their crimes.

To take it a step further, I’m particularly irritated by people who have set their phones on vibrate. These folk apparently believe that no one can hear a vibrating phone? And they also apparently believe that since the phone is only vibrating, there’s no rush whatsoever to turn it off? It’s prayer time; it’s offertory time; it’s one quiet time or another, and there’s that buzz of a vibrating phone. And these people usually don’t even have the decency to pretend they feel guilty.

OK, I’ll admit it; I turn and stare.

I reached a breaking point with cell phone use

A while back, I let all of this get to me, and I began to feel pleasantly angry. It’s true, I’ve never actually said anything to any of the individual violators, but the repeated offenses did get me thinking about an episode in the life of Christ, specifically, the time he was angry and drove the moneychangers out of the temple. So, I went back to the Gospels to read about that event, self-righteously certain that my anger would be OK.

I then did what no layman should ever do; out of curiosity, I looked up the Greek word for “moneychangers” to see where it appears in the New Testament. To my surprise, my online Greek lexicon showed that the word Kollubistes, translated in the King James Version as “moneychangers” or “changers,” appears only three times. It shows up once each in Matthew, Mark and John, and each usage is in telling that Gospel’s version of Jesus’ cleansing of the temple.

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Source: Baptist Standard