My Christmas Message - ANGER

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Several of the folks delivering the “news” on cable networks come across as not only loud and contentious, but also angry. I don’t think I like angry people. I like relaxed people.

My problem with some angry people is that they are getting angry at the wrong things, in my opinion. What’s a good guideline for what to get angry about and what to be relaxed about ? How about thinking through what God gets angry about and what God tells us to relax about ?

Regarding what to relax about, He tells us not to worry about just about everything. He will provide for us, as He does the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Be relaxed about possessions – “for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?” Be relaxed about rank or position. He turns this upside down…. “The first shall be last and the last first”. “Whoever would be first among you must be a servant”. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.”

Then what should we get angry about ? The things that anger God – poverty, injustice, ignoring orphans and widows in their distress. We know all will be made right in eternity (Psalm 73). But during our time on earth, I think He would like to see us get worked up that there are 143,000,000 orphans around the world, there are 500,000 kids in foster care in the US, and 20% of the world lives on a dollar a day or less. My belief is that He wants to see this anger channeled into action. He wants us to “be doers of the Word and not hearers only”.

So, Merry Christmas and have a relaxing holiday. Then I would encourage all of us to come back good and angry at the start of the new year, and follow through on our anger.


Natalie said...

Very good post!

Tracie said...

I think this is one of my favorite posts yet.

Anonymous said...

Well said Frank.

how to ollie said...

Excellent post and writing style. Bookmarked.