The “Featured Image” shows an accurate representation of what people look like when they are arguing about politics on Facebook.
The Incredible Hulk is most definitely not anyone’s first choice when picking a Marvel superhero to relate to. Yet, this seems to be the only alter ego that much of our culture mirrors lately
Everyone is so angry. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you lean toward, what your religious affiliation is (or isn’t), it doesn’t even matter what generation you are, everywhere you turn, there is so much anger in all of it.
Many people say that anger is good or productive. Anger is supposed to inspire people to do something about the injustice they perceive. Christians hide behind the term “righteous anger” as their justification.
But is this true? Does good actually come from acting out in anger?
I am yet to see the positive contributions to society. To me, it seems like a bunch of people are yelling at each other, which, quite frankly, it’s exhausting.
In regards to righteous anger, the Bible never puts the words “righteous” and “anger” together like that. The closest these two words ever get to one another is in James 1:20, “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Interesting, isn’t it?
For some reason, society has decided that if someone hurts you, you must never let go of that wrong. God forbid you actually forgive and forget.
While the world protests for peace, unity, and love, they keep account of every blow they have been dealt. Isn’t this counterproductive?
In Galatians 5:20, fits of anger is listed as one of the works of the flesh. Other things that make it on this list are idolatry, sorcery, strife, and orgies (Gal. 5:19-21). Nothing on this list is good. Nothing on this list could even be twisted to be considered good.
That is, with the confusing exception of anger.
During high school, I was an incredibly angry person. I had been hurt by someone close to me and so acted out by doing and saying some truly hateful things to those around me. I thank Jesus for his forgiveness and healing grace because I can no longer be considered an angry person.
But as I continued to grow, instances arose where my reaction to events could have been considered “righteous-anger.” I don’t know about you, but I fail to see the difference between the two.
I don’t think we can be righteously angry. I don’t think our heart positions can change just because we slap an adjective in front of a noun. Honestly, whether my anger has been justifiable or not, my heart has never in a place to bring glory to God.
I am tired of anger being the first response to getting hurt. It makes everyone horrible people to be around. Anger makes it incredibly difficult to let go of the pain, making it almost impossible to heal and to grow.
So basically, if everyone can calm the frick down, and keep their panties from getting in a bunch over every little thing, the world may actually be able to move a little closer to the peace, unity, and love that all sides would greatly appreciate.