I know you have seen it, felt it, perhaps even participated in it.
It’s in the newsfeeds of your FaceBook account.
It’s in the conversations you have with people at work.
It’s in every political discussion, every election discussion, every PC discussion you have or overhear in a restaurant or ballgame.
It’s on the nightly news. It’s at your Thanksgiving dinner, your family reunions, your backyard BBQ, and your neighborhood block party.
Naming names; It’s in The View, and Stephen Cobert, and Rush Limbaugh, and nearly every other radio personality with a national audience whether on the right or the left.
Anger over Donald
Anger over Hilary
Anger over Bernie
Anger over the economy
Anger over political correctness
Anger over Russia
Anger over racism
Anger over white-supremicists
Anger over black lives matter
Anger over #MeToo
Anger over men
Anger over women
Anger over School Shootings
Anger over guns, 2nd amendment, rights, safety,
Anger over Republicans
Anger over Democrats
Anger over Christians
Anger over athiests
Anger over the NFL anthem policy
Anger over, . . . anger.
As I thought about the shouting match of opposing sides enthusiasms and hatreds, one text kept running through my mind. Actually, the echo of the apostle James words were relentless. I couldn’t escape them. They kept coming back to me against the echoes of all the anger in our culture and I finally had to sit down and write something to help me to process it all. James 1:19-20 . . .
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
There’s not a lot of “slow to speaking” out there right now. Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter are too easy and too immediate for people throw open their coat and criminally flash the world with their anger. But,
“The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Actually, the thing that anger does produce is heat, confusion, arrogance, deaf ears, closed minds, intransigence, bitterness, resentment, and more anger. “Sound and fury, signifying nothing,” too often.
So, I want to make a modest proposal. Let’s work toward expressing less anger and more substantive action that attacks problems rather than people. Railing against people is clearly counter-productive. So let’s try a different tact. Let’s work hard, really hard at the more action part of what we are angry about. Work at solutions.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.