So many people have this misconceived image in their minds that Christians are boring people who dress in fifties-style clothes and are sworn to poverty. They don’t get involved with sports, never watch TV and talk with their monotone voices that flow from personalities so dull it would bore a fly.
This is really sad because the truth is, Christians are people, too!
We live in this world and we are susceptible to all the same elements and stresses as anyone else and we are filled with all the same emotions. Funny things make us laugh, sad things make us cry and some things make us angry. God lives in us and works through us but even then, there are times that we would like to get aggressive, take some physical action and get even.
The emotion is there and it can be justified. The challenge is controlling it. Jesus said that we can get angry because we live in this world and some things are going to make us angry. He got angry when He saw the synagogue turned into a flee market. He threw the tables over – not because He lost his temper – but in making a point of correction to stop the marketing because it was wrong.
We are told in Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
It’s what we do as a provocation to the anger that gets us in trouble. And it’s the reason why we are told not to act upon the emotion of anger. Retaliation is a form of violence and it reaps its own rewards, solves nothing and separates us from God.
(This is where a punching bag can really come in handy.)