When to Get Angry

 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new!                                                                   Mark 3:5-6 (The Message)

We see in this passage from the gospel of Mark that Jesus got angry. I mean really angry! Why did Jesus get so angry? He was speaking up for someone who was being oppressed by religion. I cannot imagine anything that might get Jesus angrier than people who say that they are acting in his name, and then oppressing a person who needs help.   

So many people have been hurt by organized religion. Some religious leaders, acting in what they believe is truth, end up hurting the very people to whom they could or should be ministering.  

I see clients who have felt judged by the people that they trusted to help them. In the above scenario, the religious leaders of the day were offended that a man sought healing on the Sabbath. They were shocked that Jesus would break the Sabbath law to heal the crippled man. Jesus knew that the Sabbath had been made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Spirit of the law overruled the letter of the law. Compassion overruled the sterile words which bound those leaders. The religious leaders could not see the deeper truth.

Yes, it takes discernment to determine what is the right thing to do. Helping people who are hurting, regardless of the surrounding will likely be the right thing to do. The fact that people were ready to deny healing to a hurting man on a technicality really riled Jesus.

So, getting angry on behalf of those who are hurting and being treated unjustly might be a good reason to get angry.

Prayer: Father, help us to see the deeper truth of your compassion to those who are hurting, Amen.

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