Anger: A strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism
Antagonism: Opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle; actively expressed opposition of hostility
Thoughts for the Day: "Refrain from anger and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil." Psalm 37:8
"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." Psalm 86:15
"Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly." Proverbs 14:29
There has been a lot of anger and antagonism flying through the air in America. Multiple reasons have been given for this seemingly continuous wrath; justification for the unjust actions of others; unfair legal practices; trampling on the rights of citizens; loss of income; health insurance needs; and let’s not forget a pandemic of mass proportions. In each situation there has been countless explanations of how to remedy each circumstance.
In most cases anger erupted when opposing opinions clashed while seeking a solution that best meets the needs of various individuals. Sounds a bit familiar, doesn’t it? My first experience as a mediator demonstrating fairness was between my children when they were small. Whether it was over food, a toy or basically one of them didn’t want the other staring at them, if I didn’t handle the situation to each one’s satisfaction I would be dealing with a volatile state of affairs.
Nothing much has changed in thirty years except the problematic occurrences between sides. The only modification to the solution in today’s society is an agreed upon mediator. Although the word is quite over used, a truly bi-partisan individual that has the best interests of all involved would be the ticket. But can that person or persons truly be found today? Would both sides agree if he/she were not wearing the correct animal pin on their lapel? Have we degraded to the point of wanting every statute, covenant, or amendment that has built this country and made it great (and it was great long before Donald Trump became President) destroyed and think with all our current biases we can build a better foundation?
You know what is lacking? God Almighty. God led men and women to leave their homes and cross the Atlantic Ocean with a desire to leave religious biases behind. They wanted to be free of the Church of England and be able to worship God in Spirit and in truth. Almost all of them died that first winter, but they never gave up because they knew God was with them.
What has happened to America is heard almost daily. The answer is a simple as looking at creation. God has been left out of every decision and every desire. Power, money, success, and the “win” attitude is destroying us from the inside out and our enemies and watching and waiting for our collapse. Man and woman is doing what is right in their own eyes and it’s not working. Humans cannot be satisfied in and of themselves. If you did a survey and ask only twenty people what is the definition of good, you know what you’d get? Twenty different answers. We need a plumbline, folks. We need absolute truth and it’s not found in the mouths of screaming individuals nor is it found in barricading ourselves from reality.
It’s time to ask God back into our homes, our lives, our educational systems, our policies, our government, and each person that has been handed an elected office by the voters he/she represents. Time for Christians to stand up and be counted and that’s not a confrontational stand. It’s a stand that causes us to do what is right, fair and true.
Jesus Christ died for each of us. He rose on the third day victorious over death and the preconceived evil plans of Satan. It’s time we all looked to help our fellow man regardless of his/her skin color, quit calling one another names and seek to build this country to be one that bears the name of Christ unashamed. These are the most incredibly sad days I have ever seen in my lifetime. God will not be mocked. It’s time we all looked in the mirror to truly see who’s looking back at us and ask the question, “God, what do you want me to do?”
God in heaven, Father please forgive us for being unkind and disruptive in this country. How it must saddened You as we are destroying one another and the country so many of our loved ones and ancestors died to save. Protect us, give grace and mercy to those who don’t know what they are doing. May our lives demonstrate the light and love of our Savior.
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.