Get Mad Like Jesus

God&Neighbor

jn02_15a Is it okay for Christians to get angry? Every time some atrocity happens that tears at the image of God, like the recent abduction of hundreds of girls by an Islamic group promising to make them sex slaves in the name of Allah, I have to ask myself the same question. Is there righteous anger?

Indeed, there is righteous anger. Paul says “In your anger do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26), making it clear that anger can be had apart from sinfulness. If anyone could manage this balance, it was Jesus. Look at the anger He exhibited when He cleared the temple courts in John 2.

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts He found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So He made a whip out of cords, and drove all…

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