Thursday, January 13, 2011

Angry Much?

We live in a world that coined and often court orders "Anger Management".  Such a judgement might come your way if you choose to express your anger in traffic by way of "Road Rage."  There is a reason our schools have metal detectors and security guards.  We are an angry bunch.  I am no exception.  My personality lends well to passionate and intense moments.  They might be positive passions that help me achieve goals, take care of my family, or show love to a friend in need.  They can also be negative passions that cause me to lash out, become easily irritable, or insensed with outrage (ask any call center in America about this and they will verify it for you).  Yes, this is a sin struggle from birth it seems.  And thankfully, God has done much in the way of transforming me in this area.  But I will be the first to admit...He ain't done with me yet.

Scripture has something very interesting and eye-opening to say about anger.  "Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." Eph 4:26  Did you notice that the actual "anger" isn't the sin?  Jesus himself expressed righteous anger as he overturned the merchant tables in the temple and rebuked them for turning a holy place into a retail store.  So the scriptural warning is that we be careful with our anger.  God knows that we are, in those moments, feeling a very intense emotion that is very difficult to harness in a positive or productive way.  Odds are, your fiercest anger WILL turn into sin as you lash out at people in your path.  Another warning from Scripture is how rapidly we let ourselves dive into anger.  Be SLOW to anger and QUICK to listen is the rule.  And in Proverbs we see that Whoever is SLOW to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper exalts folly.

So when a Christian YouTube friend of mine (spikesofgrace) came into town and asked me to collaborate on a video about anger, I gladly jumped at the chance.  He happens to be in town working for The Power Team, producing promotional videos for their ministry.  But he took some time to visit with me over lunch and work on the skit below.  As you watch the output of our combined efforts, I would like to challenge you to give God your sin struggles.  Let Him transform you by the renewing of your mind.  And if anger is not your particular struggle or issue, then take this opportunity to work on the issues that are by giving them over to God.  He is the potter and we are the clay.

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9 comments:

Pony and Petey said...

Hilarious!!! And thought-provoking...

Thanks ya'll = )

Pony and Petey said...

P.S. I REALLY like the music at the end! The music coming out of the headphones...not-so-much = )

AlyssaLovesLife said...

LOL, Great video Edge

"why do you have the 012, that's lame."""  ROFL

ok, subscribed to spikes too. :)

Jerome Stein said...

Loved the video! "Are you serious" is probably one of the most overused phrases currently used. lol Added "spikes" to my sub list.

Grumpy Chuck said...

That was great. I loved it from his perspective with the rap and you yelling!

TheTruthGroup said...

nice

Sentient Raven said...

"Sir?" - where I'm from we say *SMACK!!*

Granted, it doesn't work very well. Your method is probably more effective.

jbooks888 said...

That was an excellent display of folly, Jim, but I probably would have used more colorful language

SchmumpkinII said...

Well done, you two. Well. Done! :)