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Anger within the church can happen in many ways.  Anger between individuals, anger at the Pastor because the sermon in too long/short, to loud/quiet, anger from jealousy, anger over programs, anger over singing, ad infinitum.

Too often someone will get angry and speak their mind without thinking. (The old adage of counting to ten before one says something in anger is excellent advice).  Anger is a sure bet for loosing a friend or a brother in Christ.  Even if one does not loose them, things between them will never be the same. There will always be that air of expectancy, not knowing when or if one will explode at the slightest provocation.  On this I speak from experience, I used to have an explosive, as well as an abusive temper with an extremely short fuse.  God has mellowed me to a great degree.  I’m sure the aging process has helped.  Kindness will nullify anger.

Anger with or at the Pastor.  Think on this and recall how many times in your Christian walk you have gotten irritated with the Pastor over some insignificant thing.  He preaches too long; however on the other side of the aisle someone is thinking his sermon is too short.  At one time I had a hang-up on this myself.  He preaches too loud and it is irritating; however, on the other side of the aisle someone is trying to adjust their hearing aid so they can hear him.  Some are blessed with good hearing, some with not so good hearing.  Regardless of the degree, those of us that can hear are blessed.  Think of the alternative, sign language.  The way a Pastor delivers a message is between him and his God, so let him preach, get in and worship with him.

The Pastor is too fat, the Pastor is too thin, he parts his hair on the wrong side and on and on.  Psalms 105:14,15 says “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, He reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my Prophets no harm”.  He is talking about His chosen people and I certainly think that a Minister of God is one of His chosen.  God has chosen this man to deliver His Holy Word.  My strong advice to anyone would be to not interfere in God’s business.  Help the Pastor all you can if you want to be blessed of God.  Consider this passage from the Holy Word, Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.
Anger from jealousy will raise its deceitful head from time to time in the church.  Some are being called on more that others to testify, take prayer requests, sing, and a multitude of other things.  If you want to do something, speak to the Pastor, there are more than enough jobs to go around for everyone.  This way we will not work the few good horses to death.  If you think you can do a better job at something, tell the Pastor. There will be many times he will not ask you because in the past you have refused with one excuse or another.  Let the Pastor know that you are ready, willing, and able to do all you can to improve the quality of worship.

There is much to be said about anger outside the church, and yet, not much need be said on this subject.  We know when we get angry, we know why we get angry, we know the consequences of getting angry, we know that we hurt ourselves more that the person with whom we are angry.  So why get angry?  If I could answer that, I would have the psychiatrists and psychologists beating down my door.  Anger may happen at home or away, does not matter where you are, anger will flair up now and again.  There was a movie on TV recently called “Road Rage”, I didn’t watch it; I was concerned I would pick up some bad habits.  Lord knows I have enough as it is.  But, I’m getting better every day.  Sometime back I wrote a song entitled “I’m Getting Better Every Day”.  Part of the song says “I’m getting better every day since I met my Jesus on the way, bad times are gone old friends moved on I’m here to proudly say, I’m getting better every day”.  Ask yourself, are you getting better every day as relates to your anger.

There are many Biblical references that relates to anger.  Check the concordance.  One of the most quoted is Ephesians 4:26.  Psalms 6:1 spoken by David, God’s chosen king for His chosen people says “O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure”.  I leave you with these words, if God chastened His anointed king, bow much more will He chasten us if we touch or do damage to His anointed one, the Pastor or brother or sister in Christ?

More later.


Posted: April 4, 2005 

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