[Note: I wrote this post last week. Right now I’m feeling overwhelmed with God’s amazing love]
Since this is supposed to be a Valentine’s Day post, I guess I should be writing something warm and fuzzy. But I’m not feeling the love. To be honest, I’m angry. Angry that 1.6 milllion babies are dying each year from abortion. Angry that many of those children who are born are abandoned, neglected, or abused. Angry that police officers are pilloried for doing their job, but when violence is committed against them by those very people they have spent their lives serving and protecting, where is the outcry for justice for them? Angry that people are dying of hunger while their needed food sits on docks rotting because of their government’s bureaucracy or corruption. Angry that a terrorist can shut down a whole city for hours with nothing but a backpack and a roll of duct tape. Our world has gone bananas!
Fortunately for me, anger against injustice is not a sin. Ephesians 4:26-27 warns us, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Wrath is the sin. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19). Jesus Himself became angry at all the injustice around Him. If we would enter into His mindset, we must also share that anger. But we have no right whatsoever to try to exact our own vengeance. That’s His responsibility. We’re just no good at it. We only make matters much worse. You can probably name many recent examples of this.
So what can we do? The Christian life is a paradox. It makes no sense at all to the non-Christian. Jesus teaches us to do things like, “If someone smites you on the cheek, turn to him the other one,” and “pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:28-29) And He doesn’t mean pray for their destruction. He means pray for their salvation. So, the solution to anger is love and prayer? Sure is. It’s hard to be angry or hate someone when you’re praying for them. Believe me, I know.
And God’s way works far better than anything we could devise! Isn’t it amazing and ironic that the most powerful voices against abortion are former abortion workers like Abby Johnson? Or that the most effective pastors at rescue missions are former alcoholics? Love is the best revenge because it doesn’t destroy the person, it transforms them. Then they can reach far more people than you or I ever could. See, you didn’t know this was going to turn out to be a Valentine’s Day message after all, did you? Excuse me. I need to go pray some before the sun sets. God bless. Love you all. Teresa
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: What are your praying especially for today?