|June 15, 2021|
June Prayer Domain Newsletter:
What do we do with Righteous Anger?
ANGER! What do we do – as men & women of faith, of prayer – when we experience anger? Ephesians 4:26 & 27 states, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” I think we’ve been taught that anger is a sin. But that’s not what this scripture says. It is admonishing the reader not to let the anger be the catalyst to sin.
RIGHTEOUS ANGER! In Mark 3:5, “He (Jesus/Yeshua) looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts…….” The TLV version states that Jesus was angry and was “grieved by the hardness of their hearts”. In 3 of the 4 Gospels we read about Jesus overturning the moneychangers’ tables in the temple. He was angry because of the desecration and lack of honor/respect for his Father’s house.
The first time I experienced this kind of anger was about 20+ years ago. I was in line at the grocery store, standing a respectable distance behind a mother and her young daughter who was probably about 3 or 4 years old. The little girl, who was right next to her mother, turned towards me and gave a shy smile and a little wave. I smiled & waved back. At that moment the mother turned towards me, glowered, grabbed her daughter’s arm and quite loudly stated to the child, “Don’t ever do that again. You don’t know that lady and she might steal you!” I was grieved but I was also angry because of the injustice that was being done in teaching that precious child to be fearful of people.
As I continue to write, I must confess that I’m a wee bit nervous to be transparent & vulnerable. Here’s where I apply 2 Timothy 1:7.
So what do we do when we experience this kind of anger? What do we do when we are confronted with things that are wrong? Time for an example. A few days back I received an email concerning the Pima County Public Library system (PCPL). As you may already know, across America June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community. This month, on the PCPL website, there are suggested reading materials & videos for children, teenagers and adults. As I read through the email, the contents of which were taken from the PCPL website, I was grieved and I got angry. My anger wasn’t directed towards individuals. I was angry at the continuing realization that an agenda is being “forced” on our children, our families and even in our schools that is contrary to God’s word! I will say it straight out – there will be some reading this who do not share the same concerns I do. People who love God, read the Bible, pray, attend church and who whole-heartedly desire to live out the two most important commandments: love God with all your heart, mind, soul & strength; love others as yourself. And yet we will find ourselves in disagreement on this issue.
As pray-ers, what do we do? Do we stay in our prayer closets, pray and trust God? Do we stand up for what honors scripture knowing that others believe differently? How do we stand up for what is right? Do we urge tolerance? Do we take a more vocal stance being fully aware that there could be “costs” associated with that stance? How do we protect ourselves, not allow the anger to cause us to sin? These are not rhetorical questions; I’d really like to know your thoughts.
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Blessings & Shalom