One of the most powerful emotions within our souls is anger. The sense I have is that the palpable level of anger in America is rising. “The more we learn about government, the more we learn about central bankers, the more we learn about the military industrial complex, the more we learn about social justice and the environmental movement, the more we learn about the move towards world government, the more we learn about politicians and political institutions and the corruption, waste, fraud, abuse and negligence they oversee and profit by, the angrier we get.”
This anger is troubling to the dictators in the People’s House in D.C. That’s why they have effectively militarized most local police forces throughout America. That is why DHS has purchased more than one billion hollow point bullets; these are illegal to use on any battlefield by the Geneva Convention. So where are they planning to use them?
We are the people the tyrants worry the most about; it is our anger that keeps them awake at night, scheming how to do away with us. However, many religious leaders in America are working to suppress that anger. To tell their followers that such anger is wrong; that it is forbidden by God. Just submit and obey your government, no matter what it demands.
Now it is true that when we are enveloped with anger, we may be led to do things we should not do, including murder. In fact, Jesus speaks about this fact in the Sermon on the Mount. Turn to Matthew 5:21 as we see what Jesus taught on the Sixth Commandment. That Sixth simply states, “Thou shalt not murder.”
Murder Begins in the Heart—Matthew 5:21-22 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Jesus is rightly making the point that murder begins in the heart – that heart which is filled with unrighteous anger. Notice the text of verse 22, “whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause.” This means the anger forbidden by God’s Law is anger that is without just cause. So there is justifiable anger.
The Apostle Paul makes the point in Ephesians 4:26 that not all anger is sinful—Ephesians 4:26. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” We must learn to distinguish between righteous and unrighteous anger.
There are instances recorded in the Bible where Jesus showed justifiable anger or sternness. He “sternly charged” the leper whom he had healed not to tell anyone about it (Mark 1:43) because he foresaw the problems of being pursued by a huge crowd of thoughtless people who were interested only in seeing miracles and not in his teaching. But the leper disobeyed and so made things very hard for Jesus, and we recall that He showed great anger once more when he drove “out those who sold and those who bought in the temple” (Mark 11:15-17).
Theologian B. B. Warfield wrote: “A man who cannot be angry, cannot be merciful.” The person who cannot be angry at things which thwart God’s purposes and God’s love toward people is living too far away from his fellow men ever to feel anything positive towards them. Do you have any justifiable anger?
Clearly, there is justified anger, anger that is righteous and pure. That anger is a reflection of God’s anger against the evil and sin in this world.
Dr. David Seamands writes, “Anger is a divinely implanted emotion. Closely allied to our instinct for right, it is designed to be used for constructive spiritual purposes. The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it’s very questionable whether you really love righteousness.”
It is time to call all true disciples of Jesus Christ to a Biblical worldview in every area of life. If those who simply identify themselves as Christians in our land were to do so I am persuaded that within our lifetime we would see a major turn of our culture back to the Bible, and back to Jesus Christ as the Sovereign Lord of these States. So let us obey the command, “Be angry and sin not” at present day evils in our land, and submit ourselves, our families, our communities and these States to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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