angerhasitsplace

He who who cannot be angry with evil cannot truly be capable of loving what is good. – Jocelyn Soriano

Anger has its place. We don’t have to be filled with thoughts of revenge or of uncontrollable wrath. But we don’t have to forego anger either.

Anger can move us to recognize what is evil, to see how injustice is being done to our neighbors and to do something about it. Anger can urge us to take action to defend the oppressed, and to find justice for those who are exploited.

Leaders who cannot be angry with the wicked are weak. They allow others to be abused. They become instruments of chaos instead of peace.

Let us learn to be angry with the right things at the right time and in the right way. We don’t have to be ruled by our emotions, but we can allow our natural human instincts to remind us when we need to be strong in order to defend the weak, and when we need to fight evil so that we can see the triumph of what is good.

They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple, and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables, and the seats of those who sold the doves. He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple. He taught, saying to them, “Isn’t it written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a den of robbers!” – Mark 11:15-17, WEB

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