Monday, 12 March 2012

Featherstone and Cameron take note

Anger is ok. sometimes. Even the intense, raging, furious variety which could make a well-built rugby player cower and shrivel is sometimes perfectly allowable. Of course the Bible tells us to be slow to get angry and Jesus also warns against being angry with our fellow Christians BUT noticeably, nowhere does Scripture condemn anger altogether. The clearest place where anger approved is in the exhortation to "be angry, and do not sin". Here, the Apostle permits Christians to be angry, so long as they do not then sin in the heat of the moment. This is very much like the oft-distorted warning about money/wealth where Scripture warns against the love of money not just about money per se. Anger therefore (like wealth) is not a thing to be always eschewed (which may come as a relief to some!). In fact there are moments when being angry, is to be positively commended like when we see a gross injustice or a person/peoples indulging in perverse wickedness as is the case with our  Coalition Government's wicked attempt to destroy marriage and the family. As Psalm 2 puts it

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; 
   be warned, you rulers of the earth. 
11 Serve the LORD with fear 
   and celebrate his rule with trembling. 
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry 
   and your way will lead to your destruction, 
for his wrath can flare up in a moment. 
   Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Lynne Featherstone and David Cameron take note.

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