Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 23, 2007

Anger and the Believer

I sat under an outstanding message last Sunday by Pastor Dave Doran (yes, it is “Dr.” as well, but “Pastor” is the higher honorific). He spoke on Matt 5:21-26. The message will be available here, although it was not available at the time of this post.

He aptly demonstrated that there is such a category as righteous anger, a category which I have heard denied by some.  But I was particularly pleased when he pointed out that a proper anger actually is incumbent upon believers. Eph 4:26 is debated (although it seems to me to clearly allude to the possibility of a righteous anger), but our family read today Ps 119:53: “Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked who forsake your law.” (ESV)  And, of course, both God (e.g., 1 Ki 11:9) and Christ (e.g., Mark 3:5) are portrayed as displaying anger at sin, unbelief, and the like.

In a word, “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.” (Ps 97:10, KJV) Those who rejoice in God and what he loves, must needs hate evil and ought to find a strong displeasure — i.e., anger — rising in them when God is intentionally dishonored by the wicked.

Anger is right, when rightly motivated and rightly directed.  But more, such anger is necessary for those who love God.


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