christians aren’t angry enough

If there’s one thing that’s worse than the wrong kind of emotion it’s no emotion at all. How often do we watch the news or read the paper and feel nothing? We intellectually acknowledge the tragedy but we refuse to enter into the struggle.

I have spent my growing up years believing that to be christian means to find a way to get rid of dark emotions and replace them with positive ones. if someone wrongs you, turn the other cheek… love, have the joy and peace of Christ… But let me tell you about two of my favourite memories:

1) when i was 9 i was innocent as children should be. There was a boy in my class (who was a lot more ‘street wise’ and known as the school bully) who persistently relayed to me that he wanted me to be his girlfriend. I persistently relayed to him that i wanted no such thing! One day after school i was waiting at the gates for my mother to pick me up, she was running late as was his mother. As we waited he came and grabbed me by the throat and pushed me against the wall and called me a long list of degrading names (many of which i didn’t know what they meant!). As he ran off i stared to cry. My mother was shocked to find me getting into the car with tears running down my face. On the journey home as i told her what had happened she got angry, REALLY angry. Usually my mothers’ anger was a signal to flee, but not this time… this time her anger was safe and warm and strong. She was angry at the way her daughter had been hurt. Her anger told me, “it’s not ok what just happened to you”. Her anger told me “i’m sorry”. Her anger was for me.

2) when i was a student i along with my family had been treated very poorly by a Church leader. As i talked to a friend about it he listened intently then he sat back in his chair and with tears rising in his eyes he said “bastard!”. I laughed with shock, i think he shocked himself too, but although his response was not necessarily the right one, something about it brought great healing to me. His honest response was similar to that i felt from my mother all those years before – again his anger said “this is not ok”, his anger was one that wanted to protect me from hurt and wounds. He was willing to be honest about the injustice and betrayal of the situation and in so doing he allowed me to enter into the same honest struggle.

I tell these stories to illustrate a point. An absence of anger in the face of injustice is inhumane. If my mother had felt nothing i would have been far more deeply betrayed and wounded. BUT it doesn’t stop there! IF our anger leads us only to retribution then we are missing out on its redemptive power and allowing greater damage to be done.

In order to truly hate evil we must hate the evil for the perpetrator as well as the victim. I must be able to feel sorrow at the damage done to those who DO wrong as well as for those to whom wrong is done.

We need to become more angry. We need to become so angry that we move toward desire and hope for reconciliation and healing where evil will lose all power. We need to hate evil so much that we desire more for those who have wronged us, we need to hate it so much that we are willing to be used by God in calling that person into more of who they were created to be. only here will evil truly be destroyed. We will not become such an instrument of redemption unless we are willing to enter honestly into the struggle of pain and injustice in our world and acknowledge the full consequence of harm. It is a bloodier battle than the cycle of revenge, but it is a taste of heaven to see darkness swallowed up in life.

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7 Comments on “christians aren’t angry enough”

  1. espero Says:

    Can’t tell you how glad I am to find you in the blogosphere. It will be a richer place for your wit and wisdom (although that does NOT include any of your jokes).
    I love this post. I have seen it brew in you from a tiny seed 7 years ago and it is beautiful to see it flower and bless others. You are a woman of great insight and wisdom.
    Keep ’em comin’.

  2. Potter Rach Says:

    So THRILLED you are finally writing dowm your amazing wisdom and insights on such powerful issues (the blog can be the warm-up before the book!). I love when you talk about this stuff!!!!!! ‘to desire more for those who have wronged us’ (I’m quoting you already) and therefore truely destroying the evil. Amazing. But your words are even more amazing because I have seen you live this time and time again. There is nothing more powerful than a spiritual leader who lives what they speak. The harmony of your life and words challenges my own reluctant heart to fight for the greater beauty and truth. Thank-you.

  3. anon Says:

    CHRISTIANS SUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u r all brainwashed. get a clue and think for urselves!!!!

  4. davem Says:

    …think for ourselves indeed. that’s what it’s all about. that’s where it’s at. hey lorraine, great read, i await ur next installment with great anticipation. drop by…

  5. transfarmer Says:

    Yea ‘anon’ you’re right, we christians do suck a lot of the time…good observation. The more i think for myself though, the more convinced i am that Jesus might just be right about everything.

    Dave, great to hear from you! (congrats by the way!) look forward to reading your blog!

  6. zoomtard Says:

    Wisdom me arse! I’m glad you’re blogging for the jokes and NOTHING ELSE!

  7. meinmysmallcorner Says:

    lol… this is quite a reaction to your embarkment upon the blogosphere! You’re already being hackled AND abused!

    Great entrance, pal… Welcome, welocme, WELCOME!

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