Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
My previous post dealt with specific ways one woman believes God led her through and eventually out of an abusive relationship.
The seven lessons she learned in the process, featured in the post, enable her now, she says, to deal more effectively with perhaps our main temptation of late in the rapidly deteriorating condition of the world: to engage in the same kind of destructive anger hurled at many of us who defy the socialist/communist/Marxist zeitgeist; who speak the truth about the hedonism of the age, and who in each our own way, quietly or loudly, passively or actively, in the secular arena or the spiritual–or both–resist.
However, given the “tyranny of the (socio-political) urgent” there are those who think it is high time Christians engaged in a little more of what Jesus did in the Temple when confronting the money-changing con artists and when He called others “snakes” and “white-washed tombs,” who were, well, sneaky hypocrites.
I mean, whatever happened to an “eye for an eye,” a “tooth for a tooth” system of justice, anyway?
Whereas it is true that Jesus displayed anger, righteous anger, that is, when we are not careful as believers to know when to speak or act prompted by anger and when not to, i.e., when acting on anger is righteous and when it is not, we are in danger of allowing Satan, the archetypal con artist, and his accomplices in the flesh, to divide and conquer–us.
If we don’t discern the difference, we are in danger of allowing the highly-charged influence of our real enemy to separate us from one another. And as he, with our angry participation, works his divisive agenda by dividing this group from that one and yet another one (for the number of groups clotting together in angry little huddles these days seems to increase by the day) we become engaged in his lethal game which is, in a word, to–destroy.
And for believers, we place ourselves in a dark arena where anger becomes rage by mob rule and in the smoke and flames of the fray, we lose our way. I mean, the higher way that leads to divine discernment and inspired “retaliation” that works justice in various ways, some by stealth, as it were, in a prayer closet, and others by vocal and more visual means.
But if we give in to the temptation that tempts the world toward its demise, we can easily lose sight of Christ, and what HE would do, that is to say, have US do–or not do.
Okay, but HOW can we know the difference between righteous anger and destructive anger?
Consider a few observations from an old post of two years ago, when it seemed to me the world couldn’t go much lower and get much louder–and more destructive–in the anger department! Little did I know then, right?!
Put on your seat belts, friends, because I fear we haven’t seen it all, yet.
Above all, be aware and encouraged–and stay very close to God, your source of enlightenment, wisdom, guidance, and “stealth resistance.”