Anger. I do not recall a single time in my life that I am glad to have been angry. People talk about righteous anger. I don’t know about you but for me all anger feels ‘righteous’ at the time. In that state of mind, it is simply impossible to judge objectively. Only afterwards, when the anger subsides do I realize what an utter fool I’ve been. Then the anger turns inward in the form of remorse, regret, humiliation and self-hatred. So I find it best to avoid anger and situations where I might become angry. It never ends well for me. Some may see this as a form of weakness but believe me, sometimes it takes every ounce of strength that I have. The thrill of anger is so powerfully seductive at times. [Psalm 37:8]
I believe we are more ready to embrace our lives in the here and now when we are able to recognize the continuity between the immanence of God in our world and eternity. Rather than simply waiting to be liberated to another time or place, we are being invited to collaborate in the healing and redemption of our world.