by Clinton Faupel, CFaupel@RemedyLive.com
Part 2 in a series, "Living Right in a World Gone Wrong."
I’m a Canadian, a country of 30 million tranquil souls who are too peace-minded (and cold) to suffer the indignity of anger management problems, eh?
Wrong. I come from a country where hockey dads literally drop their gloves and fight in the stands over what’s happening on the ice. In my country, bad referees don’t just get reprimanded or fired; they get beat up as they try to leave the rink.
Let’s acknowledge anger as a God-given emotion, and if he gave it us, then he had a good purpose in mind. When we see children suffer from malnutrition, we should get angry. God gives us that anger to say “That’s not right. I'm going to do something.” And if we ignore that voice, we’re quenching the Holy Spirit because He has given us that emotion to do good.
That's a good anger.
I want to propose this: Right anger blesses the image of God. Wrong anger takes from the image of God. We're important to God. He wants us to be defended, and anger can be a very good thing.
All people have value. Jesus warns us about calling bad hockey referees “idiots” or “fools” or worse when he taught that when you lash out at someone in anger, you're robbing from them.
Everybody has value, and when we feel the emotion of anger, it should be used as an additive and unifying force, not a detractive or destructive force.
By English: Cpl Erik Villagran [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons