- 26 March 17
- Pastor Al Hall
- Respectable Sins?
- Part 3, Anger
- Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.
- ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘”My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’
- No one else causes us to be angry.
- It may be our pride, our selfishness, our hurts or our desire to control.
1 Peter 2:18-20
- You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you – not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.
- For God is pleased when, conscious of this will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.
- Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
- ‘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
- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
- Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
- Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
- God always provides the “Instead”
- Instead of anger.
Instead of anger
- Recognise when we get angry.
- Identify my sin in that.
- Choose how I think, act & react.
What about “righteous anger”?
- Arnie did briefly mention this, but seemed to imply we are so sinful, we are incapable of separating selfish anger from righteous anger.
- I disagree.
- I get that Arnie may be focussed on physical anger, which is almost always wrong (except in self-defence situations, in my opinion).
- However, there are injustices that we should get angry over. The murder of babies, for example, is an injustice we should get angry enough about, in order to mobilise to put an end to this barbaric practice. Just as the ancient Philistines would sacrifice their babies on the alter of Molech, our “modern” Western Civilisation is sacrificing our babies on the alter of personal convenience. This should not be. It ought not to be. My opponents will choose to read into my example given above, an implied permission to do violence against those I disagree with. Let me be explicit: the pre-meditated taking of a life to save a life is not justified. Just because I disagree with you, doesn’t mean I hate you. That is a liberal lie. I can simultaneously hate the sin (in myself and others) and love the sinner (all of us).