They were stealing from both God and the people, it was Christ's love of both God and his fellow man that compelled him to clean out the Temple of the thieves.
Yes and what Christ had to say to that 'religious bunch' back then in charge of the Temple and hand holding with the political rulers sure fits with what this nation has elected to rule over US these days.
It appears that we in this nation are not swift enough to clean out our 'peoples' house. No we elect people to represent US that select the most RED religious 'woman' to SPEAK for US. We are a free people and WE are a blessed nation because WE as a nation acknowledged what an ignorant world does not know.... We are endowed by our Creator certain unalienable rights, IF!!!!