Lord, we pray, do not allow our hearts to be given over to anger. Help us to show the love of Christ in this angry world. Convict us of sin where our hearts have been hardened or we have become “Christian” hypocrites. One may argue, “Our society is decaying. We should be mad.” Yes, but we can be angry yet still not sin (Eph. 4:26). Of course I feel anger that the underpinnings of our culture are being dismantled by unprincipled men. Our souls should be vexed at the darkening cloud of demonic infestation in our culture, especially when children are caused to stumble or the weak are exploited. If we don’t take a stand, the advance of evil ultimately means more people will die without Christ.
So, if we are angry, it does not necessarily mean we have sinned, just that we care. However, unless this anger regenerates into something more redemptive, more Christlike, we will not see our cities renewed. Indeed, anger that does not awaken in us redemptive action ultimately degrades into bitterness and unbelief. While hell advances into our world on many levels, I want to discuss two primary areas. The first manifestation is brazen and alarming. For example, a corrupt law gets passed or gang violence breaks out; or a public figure is scandalized. The shock waves caused by this smash against our hearts: we’re disappointed, and often outraged.
There is nothing drawing our attention to this next stage of warfare. The devil does not come flaunting himself but in whispers he stirs the pot of our discontent until it boils. Where once our heart was full of faith and love, bitterness and hatred churn in the souls of God’s people. This is the second prong of the attack: the hardening of our hearts in reaction to evil. So while we must fight the spiritual wars of our times, we must not compromise our capacity to love if we want to win our war. We must remember we are not fighting against “flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6:12 KJV).
Sadly, many people are saying that they’ve lost their vision, but what they have actually lost is their love. For love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:7-8). I believe that if the Almighty’s highest plan was to end evil on Earth, He could do so in a flash. Why does He wait? He desires to bring believers to Christlike maturity. In a moment evil would be gone, as it was with Sodom and Gomorrah. But Jesus did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. God is waiting for our spiritual maturity. Our Father desires to bring many sons and daughters to glory, and this world, even with all its evil, is the perfect setting for God to accomplish His eternal purpose.
Yes, we should be angry about what’s wrong, but we must be Christlike in making things right. We cannot just be political; we must be spiritual. There are times when we must defend the helpless among us, but concerning ourselves, let us hear again what Jesus commanded: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:43-45). To see our nation transformed, we must be transformed. We cannot become those whose hearts are given over to anger or we will risk becoming Christian hypocrites: angry that the world is not Christian but untroubled that we are not Christlike.
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