Tomorrow, I turn 72! I know, I know, I can’t believe it either! This is the age when I can truthfully say, “When I was your age….” No, I did not walk 6 miles to school, uphill, in a blinding snow storm, no shoes, etc. but I HAVE seen some tremendous changes in my life time:
- Rotary phones to cell phones
- Black & white TV (no remote) to color 82″ screen that you can record using your smart phone.
- I learned to drive a car with standard transmission, no A/C, no radio. Now cars can tell you where to go (GPS), drive themselves, and a host of features too long to mention here.
But the greatest change I have noticed is level of anger in our society. I know that anger has been around since the beginning of time but people no longer care to even control their anger. In the past, people may have been angry but they controlled it; they did not express it. If you did not like someone; you at least treated them civilly and with respect. People are not embarrassed by their anger but rather it seen a a badge of courage!
- People interrupted the Supreme Court confirmation hearing just because the nominee did not share the same political view.
- North Korea and China hates America.
- Democrats hate Republicans and President Trump.
- Citizens did not hate Trump until he became President.
- White Supremacists hate people of color or their nationality.
- McDonald worker puts cleaner in policeman’s food.
- Democrats vow to fight Brett Kavanaugh even after his appointment.
Anger is an emotion that is common to man. Anger is not bad by itself. Anger becomes wrong when we allow it to control us.
“If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.” Ephesians 4:26
Venting your anger does not help the situation. “Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants.” James 1:20
Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Ephesians 4:31
Allow me to leave you with this advise; “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:9