Rachel Dotzler – Mesa Junior High Pastor
You may be intrigued by this blog post because of my title. You may want to know what makes me so angry because we live in a world where its normal to see social media posts, texts, and have conversations that people express the anger they have towards a person or thing. What makes you enraged? Homosexuality? Pornography? Rude people? The Confederate flag? I’m not talking about the pet peeves that simply annoy you. I am talking about the things that anger you so much that you can’t seem to catch your breath, it makes your mind scramble and not think clearly, it forms blotchy red spots on your face, and worst of all, it makes you say things you will soon regret.
The definition of Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
Why am I telling you the definition of Anger? Notice the bold words. Anger is described as a strong feeling which I find to be fascinating. Many emotions are not defined that way. Anger is a consuming feeling and it causes us to do something that does not end well for anyone; sin. Anger’s favorite tool is the tongue. It loves to use our words to tear this world apart and tear people apart. Words are powerful; out of the same mouth we praise God and we destroy.
James 3:9 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.”
The crazy thing is anger is not a sin. In Ephesians 4:26 it tells us to be angry! Be angry…but do not sin. The Bible tells us to be angry, but do not sin in your anger! Let’s be honest, this is so hard! When we feel angered because we have been wronged by someone or we have been hurt by something or someone we want to find justice! We want to tell the whole world on social media that this person or this thing has made me so angry that I want my friends to feed into my anger and help me find justice for myself!
I have found there are two types of anger in this world; Righteous anger and human anger. To decide which you are at the present time, we need to ask ourselves a question. Are you angry because God was offended or because you were offended? Human anger is pretty easy to figure out. This is when we personally feel wronged or offended so we turn our anger towards a specific thing and we want to find justice for ourselves. Righteous anger is good anger! These are the things that anger God! Yes, God gets angry too! I mean read the story of Noah’s Ark and we see that God was indeed angry! Righteous anger are the things in this world that anger God: pornography, sex trafficking, ISIS, teen bullying, the list goes on. These are the things we should be angry about, BUT that does not give us the right to sin in this anger. To wish people dead, to tear apart people for being involved in these things. Why? Because we let Satan win when we do. What if we turned our anger into prayer? What if we turned our anger into actively getting involved to help prevent these things that make us so angry? It’s good to be angry because God gets angry too and it makes us live for what is right and good in this world. Anger becomes an issue when we sin in our moments of anger.
“Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.” – Jim Butcher
We are given choices every single day, but I want us to realize that we are given the choice to respond in our words as well. Anger is indeed a strong feeling, so when it consumes your mind, when it draws you to the keyboard to type in a status that is going to tear someone or something down, pray. Pray that God would intervene, that He would hold your fingers and your tongue so that we may use words to only glorify Him. Yes, be angry, fight for the good in this world, but do not let your anger cause you to sin because anger’s favorite tool is the tongue.