Rob & Jill – Westside Pregnancy Clinic
Let’s talk about anger, what makes Jesus angry
Not angry with frustration, angry with grief
1. Jesus is not angry at how this affects Him personally
2. Most of our anger arises out of how it affects us
Angry at human injustice
3. Doesn’t carry it with Him (to use tomorrow at the lunch table), doesn’t stew over it
Divine anger, not human anger – not like the anger at home
Ignoring the needy
God will provide – He will see and He will respond
Using another human being is the worst sin…
What disturbs you more: a God who sees injustice and does nothing or a God who sees what’s happening and responds.
Human life is more important than the Sabbath.
5. His anger leads to healing and restoration.
6. What does your anger lead to?
Teachers trailed Paul and imposed rules
Live in freedom, not yoked in slavery
I want to do something about injustice
Don’t tell other people that the blood of Jesus hasn’t cleansed you enough…
When you walk into a church and they say you can’t wear a hat inside, when religious leaders heap rules on their congregation, He gets angry
An elder’s daughter got pregnant at 16
Elder said, “You made a mistake at 16, you’re not welcome anymore, you’re an embarrassment to your parents”
Woman from the congregation gave her a real choice: move in with me
The number one response for Christians in America: hates gays
Not loves people…hates
Shane Claiborne, “Irresistible Revolution” – I remember hearing about an old comic strip back in the days of St. Ed’s. Two guys are talking to each other, and one of them says he has a question for God. He wants to ask why God allows all of this poverty and war and suffering to exist in the world. And his friend says, “Well, why don’t you ask?” The fellow shakes his head and says he is scared. When his friend asks why, he mutters, “I’m scared God will ask me the same question.” Over and over, when I ask God why all these injustices are allowed to exist in the world, I can feel the Spirit whisper to me, “You tell me why we allow this to happen. You are my body, my hands, my feet.”
Jesus angry at the Temple
Missing point of life on Earth / this is a house of prayer, not a house of profit
Act with a single eye, respond
What is rising up inside of me?