In last week’s gospel reading, we saw Jesus really angry.
Anger often gets bad publicity. It’s seen as a “negative” emotion. But anger has a real place in the world, and in our Christian lives.
I’m not saying we should get angry over every little thing that goes wrong in our lives. (I was recently asked if I ever get angry about having lupus, about it being unfair, the whole “why me?” attitude. My response was that I only have a certain amount of energy, I’m not going to waste it getting angry about something I can’t change.) There are some things it is just pointless to get angry about.
Some things, it’s wiser not to get angry about. Getting angry in an argument makes it much harder to hear the other person’s side and work together for a solution to the problem.
But there are some things we really, genuinely, ought to get angry about, and we should use that anger to fuel some action. Remember Jesus didn’t just yell at the money-changers. He threw their tables over and kicked them out of the temple.
What things should we get angry about?
Exploitation is a big one. Can you get angry enough over child slavery to change your chocolate or coffee buying to just fair trade products? Can you get even angrier and write to newspapers, or post your opinion online somewhere?
Care and protection of God’s creation is another one. Can you get angry enough about waste to address it in your own home? Can you get angry enough about it to let other people know you take stewardship of God’s creation seriously?
What is it that makes you angry? What could righteous anger inspire you to do?
Grace and peace
Dates to note:
25 March. 11am AGM.
5 April. 7.30am. Maundy Thursday service.
6 April. 7.30am. Good Friday service.
16 May. 7pm. Church Council.
16 June. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 June. Adult Fellowship will have special offering envelopes to support Mercy Ships women’s health projects
15 September. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 November. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.