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I am glad to catch the rerun of this article today. Good words. I always say that God is angry about the things that we would want a holy God to be angry about. And yet, even then the anger is directed towards engendering a relational return in repentance. Just yesterday Jeremiah 18:11-12 found their way into my sermon from John 1.
"Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’
But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’"
My anger at their foolishness (and that of those who rejected Jesus in John 1:11) but be directed at my own heart, my own attitudes, and my own actions, and then letting my people see repentance begin its work in my heart first.
Good stuff! Thanks A. J.
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel is quoted in the song Stubborn Love by the Lumineers , "THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE’S INDIFFERENCE". The real quote is, "The opposite of love is not hate it is indifference". As pastors we float to close to the pagan mindset of "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" or in our Christian lingo, "this too shall pass". A pastor Bereft of anger is a pastor bereft of love. I'm not saying we should turn into a southern fried scream fest every Sunday morning. If one of the Holy Spirit's primary roles in this world is to convict sin and we are called to listen to the Holy Spirit, will we not be angry sometimes? I hope we are.
I love this quote; “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” - Augustine
Appropriate anger never stands alone, leaving the hearer with emotion alone. It leads somewhere, it addresses the core issue and brings change.
Hey Pastor AJ, great message for this time! The church must be angry only for the cause of Christ, then we can allow Jesus to work in and through us to further His Kingdom!!
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