Vernied and I were talking about the story of Jesus and the money changers. He said in another thread (Vernied I hope you don't mind but I thought it was good)
"I've also wondered about that story of Jesus overturning the tables. Anger in and of itself isn't wrong--it can sometimes be the fuel we need to work against injustice. If Jesus were truly human, he must have experienced human emotions. I guess what we do with these emotions is the important thing.
"Sin" is a hard word for me, and I don't use it much. But that too is a topic for a whole other post!"
This passage has always been one of my favorite ones in the Bible as I see Jesus as so strong. He see a wrong and instead of doing what is expected of him - that being following the rules and perhaps speaking to the elders and asking if things could be different (working within the rules) - he is enraged by what he sees and changes things right there. Obviously he is naive about this (perhaps?) as the authorities are notified and the noose starts to tighten. But just think how spectacular it must have been for those who had been downtrodden for years to finally see someone come in and stand up for them.
I saw an interview with a female Rabbi (sorry can't remember her name) a while back and she talked about how we have to remember that Jesus is not just the "Mommy Jesus". He is not just the "Lamb of God" meekly being lead to the slaughter - blonde eyed beauty glazing lovingly upwards as heathens are brutalizing him. Jesus was also a leader of men and women who were out to change a society. He came with the sword not just the plowshare.
Sin - now there is a word. Did Jesus sin when he lost his temper and took a whip to the money changers and drove them out of the the temple. I mean we do not countenance violence even for the best of reasons. It gets a bit iffy at that stage as you get into suicide bombers etc if one is to argue the use of violence in order to further religious goals.