Anger is something we just don’t like to talk about. Many of us harbor anger but we’re professionals at hiding it, or at least we think we are. We’re the generation of critics & cynics & rather than trusting we are suspicious & quick to judge. Suspicion leads to insecurity, insecurity to jealousy & jealousy to anger. Anger towards others because of their success & anger towards ourselves because of our anger about anothers success.
The church is not exempt from this epidemic & unfortunately it’s one of the places people have learned to mask their anger the best. The church is full of professional posers. We can smile & act like we enjoy the company of another all the while thinking about how much we can’t stand them. Maybe it’s because they do things different, maybe it’s because they’re better or maybe, we just don’t understand why they are the way they are.
If the church is supposed to be a place of unity (John 17:20-24) then one must ask what might we be able to accomplish if we celebrate our differences & praised our unique identity? You see, ultimately, I believe much of our anger stems from the fact that we often root against instead of cheering for. We might not admit it but actions speak louder than words.
The next time your tempted to be a critical, cynical, judge, stop, take a deep breath & ask yourself why you feel the way you do. Chances are, it’s because you’re wrestling with your own insecurity & insecurity leads to jealousy which leads to anger. Anger will NEVER create the kind of church Jesus prayed for so we must learn to check it at the door.
What do you think:Do we root against instead of cheering for? Is most of our anger a result of personal insecurity?