It seems our entire world is addicted to outrage. Our world seems awash in anger, division, and hostility. Anger has become the acceptable, perhaps even the expected sign of one’s commitment to any issue or cause. Anger is everywhere. Spouses are angry at each other. Employees are angry at bosses. Teens are angry at parents (and vice versa). Citizens are angry at their government. Protesters are angry with society. If you happen to spend some time in a major airport when bad weather has canceled flights, and you will observe anger in action. Road rage is real. Clearly, many of us have issues with anger.
In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus identified anger as the condition of the heart that leads to murder (Matthew 5:20-26). It is the seed of sin that leads to the most destructive of acts. Jesus warns us of anger’s toxicity to our own soul and it’s poison to all our relationships. Whether your anger is quiet or explosive, passive or aggressive, if it’s clouding your judgment and hurting your relationships, Jesus says, it needs to be addressed.