My friend, may I ask you a question? Do these “angry” times call for repentance and sorrowful reflection over what has become of our nation and ourselves? Do we need a broken heart when we see the sin that has caused such grief, such terrible persecution?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Christians are being persecuted worldwide. This has become apparent, especially in places like the Middle East and Africa. As Christ predicted, the saints would be persecuted and many would be put to death. Many Christians have had enough and reactive violence is beginning to erupt around the world. Christians are angry and it is no small wonder why. The courts are assailing the symbols of Christianity in nearly every state and groups like the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation are pushing to wipe out any vestige of Christianity in America. Many Christians are scared and rightfully so. For some American Christians, resolved in anger that this will not happen on their watch, tears of sorrow have turned into fists of rage. But, do these times call for rage or something else?
Here’s a story: Will Rogers was known for his laughter, but he also knew how to weep. One day he was entertaining at the Milton H. Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims and people with broken backs and other extreme physical handicaps. Of course, Rogers had everybody laughing, even patients in really bad condition; but then he suddenly left the platform and went to the rest room. Milton Berry followed him to give him a towel; and when he opened the door, he saw Will Rogers leaning against the wall, sobbing like a child. He closed the door, and in a few minutes, Rogers appeared back on the platform, as jovial as before.
Warren Wiersbe writes: If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders. I hear people saying, “We need angry leaders today!” or “The time has come to practice militant Christianity!” What we need today is not anger but anguish. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart. It’s easy to get angry, especially at somebody else’s sins; but it’s not easy to look at sin, our own included, and weep over it. (Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, pp. 75-76.)
These “angry” times call for repentance and sorrowful reflection over what has become of our nation and ourselves. We need a broken heart, like Will Rogers, when we see the sin that has caused such grief, such terrible persecution, and feel only anger against others, there is something wrong with us when we don’t first recognize that the same sinfulness that causes this sorrow also lives within our hearts as well. Speaking out against injustice and sinfulness is part of what every Christian ought to do; but our words ought to reflect a broken heart, not broken glass. Our walk must be blameless.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we praise You because You are always in control even when we see nothing but chaos around us. Father, because You are sovereign there is nothing that can happen to us and all of the brothers and sisters in the faith that You have not ordained and, therefore, You completely control. We confess Father that we often forget this and allow the events that unfold around us to scare us and take away our joy in Your grace. Help us to be like Will Rogers, able to feel the pain of the hardships that may result, but always vigilant to maintain a joyful demeanor regardless. In Jesus Name. Amen!
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