Why Am I So Angry?

Erik Cooper —  April 20, 2011 — 1 Comment

Good things come in twos.

  • Mike and Mike in the Morning.
  • Spongebob and Patrick
  • Zack and Cody (debatable, but I’m going with my daughters on this one).

Anger comes in a two-pack as well. But they’re not clones. These mistakenly similar expressions actually grow from two very different roots.

Sometimes I’m angry for good reasons.

  • Little girls being sold to perverts.
  • Children in a Honduran slum bound in an inescapable cycle of poverty.
  • Religious scheisters hijacking the message of Jesus.

My aim, justice. My motive, love. The outcome, God’s Kingdom.

But sometimes anger’s evil twin appears. Bizarro Superman goes on a Metropolis rampage. And I get angry for all the wrong reasons.

  • My 5 year old refuses to eat his green beans.
  • My neighbor never covers his trash cans (and puts them out during torrential thunderstorms).
  • My wife doesn’t show me respect.

My aim, control. My motive, me. The outcome, sin.

One anger is triggered by righteousness. The other by my self-protections. One anger is rooted in others. The other is all about me. One anger is an expression of love. The other a complete absence of it.

Why are you so angry? Is it a passion for others rooted in love? Or is it simply because you can’t get the world to act like you want it to?

One response to Why Am I So Angry?

  1. Aaaaahhhhh. The double-edged sword. I friend once showed me how anger shows you care enough to engaged. Albeit, about the wrong things sometimes but, nevertheless, you care enough to become involved. I have struggled with this, too. I recommend you stop beating yourself up over it, accept it as part of your personality, and truly accept Jesus’ forgiveness. The very nature of our existence tells me I’m never going to be very much of a better person than I am right now so I should really appreciate Jesus’ intercession on my behalf and God’s acceptance of that. As another friend recently told me “Forgiveness was achieved 2000 years ago. The only question facing us is whether we will accept it by believing.” Wise words in my opinion.

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