Anger: In Defense of Justice
“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ – Luke 7:31–35 Jesus fumes at them even about their words: “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure.” – Matthew 12:34–40
Anger has been called the “gunpowder of the soul”–which can be used helpfully to blast away injustice or harmfully, causing injury and destruction of innocent lives. Christianity’s relationship with anger has been all over the map in terms of how it works as part of our spiritual and emotional well-being. A look at the anger demonstrated by Jesus will help us redefine our relationship to this powerful emotion–a way to kindle the flame of justice rather than burn down the whole house.