Proper Anger

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.

James Baldwin

While the Bible gives advice on how to be angry – slow anger (James 1:19), when you are angry  do not sin (Ps 4:4), again “be angry but do not sin” (Eph 4:26) – the Bible does not say it is wrong or that we should never be angry. There are instances and circumstances in life that calls for anger, and our anger is very much appropriate. In Mark 3:5, “Jesus looked around at the people of the synagogue (who had stubborn hearts) with anger.”

In Matt. 21:12-17 Jesus is angry at defilement within the temple and overturns the money tables. Paul in Col. 3:8 condemns passion without qualification. Just like Jesus in the aforementioned verses, there are times when anger is qualified and justified.

We should not allow our anger to cause us to sin, but instead use it as a catalyst for positive change and action. It is those circumstances that we ought to take the example set forth by Jesus and use our anger for matters of justice, truth telling, working for the oppressed, and hopefully in the end we can reach reconciliation with those whom we are angry, by God’s grace.

~ Rev. Nick