Ever Get Angry?
- Written by Rob Wilson Rob Wilson
What is it that gets you angry? It’s a condition we all deal with from time to time. We can sugar coat it and say, “I'm not really mad, just offended," or "I have a right to my anger.” After all, God gave us a pass to be angry as long as it’s a “righteous anger”. I deal with it just like you do. This can be a daily occurrence for us as we deal with situations, circumstances, and people. In my opinion, driving can give you multiple opportunities for getting angry. And opinions matter. For most of us, myself included, our own opinion is likely the one we will value most. Honestly, we are all capable of remaining unoffended and thereby walking in a state of peace and tranquility, but few of us allow ourselves this freedom.
I listen to Way-FM, a Christian radio station with several hosts I enjoy. One of the hosts is Brant Hansen, who seems to have a weird sense of humor, but he also seems to have a very wise outlook on faith and how we are to live our lives as reflections of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He has written a book that I have been wanting to read, but just haven’t yet. The title of the book is Unoffendable. Here is the information about the book on the Amazon website: “Not entitled to get angry? Really? It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our society today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it. As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do. In Unoffendable, readers will find something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life with less stress. They’ll adjust their expectations to fit human nature and replace perpetual anger with refreshing humility and gratitude. The book offers a unique viewpoint, challenging the idea that Christians can ever harbor “righteous anger” or that there even is such a thing for believers. Few other books exist with such a radical, provocative proposal to consider. We have no right to anger. We are to get rid of it completely - period. And it is possible to choose to be “unoffendable.” Through the author’s winsome, humorous, and conversational style, this book doesn’t add another thing to do on a stressed-out person’s ever-growing list. Better, it actually seeks to lift religious burdens from readers’ backs and allow them to experience the joy of gratitude, perhaps for the first time, every single day of their lives.”
Does it intrigue you? It does me and I’m close to buying it because I believe we should learn from perspectives that help us grow as Christians, even when it’s a challenge to see that perspective. Most of us don’t believe we have a problem with anger. It’s usually someone else’s fault, we say. I really don’t have a problem with anger, but I can get offended on a regular basis. It’s usually when we don’t feel as though we’ve been respected, or when our worth is somehow perceived to be less than those who have offended us.
Isn’t it awesome that God’s anger is righteous and just. And His grace is powerful and loving! Consequences exist for all of us who choose our own way apart from God’s truth. Hopefully we are all learning and growing into the truth of how much God loves us and wants us to live in the light. “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!
In Christ’s Love,
Rob, Romans 12