Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

Romans 8: 33

 

We humans are capable of disturbing and terrifying levels of anger and the aggressive actions that form up out of it. This powerful emotion can rise up from any number of basic fears, and its expression is never good or positive for either its holders or for its targets. There does seem to be even more of this type of response to the challenges of life today than there has been in the past. It would seem as if anger has become the shock tactic that is being employed by many in order to attempt to win the day’s debate without actually presenting facts, evidence, or making a reasoned argument. The fury that anger summons up is intended to intimidate and to belittle others into submission. Its use stands as one of the clearest contrasts in our days between the ways of Jesus and those of the world.

 

Unfortunately, people who seek to share the truth of God’s love and the ways of His kingdom with our world are quite frequently the targets of angry responses. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is confrontational to many people. This is understandable when the people who are faced with its message do not claim to have a relational knowledge of Christ, but is deeply troubling when they are individuals and groups of people who speak of Jesus as their Lord. Yet, this does happen. It would seem that some people are highly selective as to which parts and aspects of God’s Word they choose to hear and adhere to. They set aside Christ and His ways for the power tactics of our age as they shout and rage in order to stifle engagement, inhibit love’s transformative work, and defeat the truest intent of Christ’s calling to His people and His church.

 

When a follower of Jesus is faced with this sort of angry aggression, it is frightening, unnerving, and deeply troubling. This is a completely normal and natural response to the terror tactics that have been employed against one’s own Christ-motivated attempts to proclaim truth. When peacemaking is met with violence, whether physical or verbal, the result is a potent shock to the heart and the mind of the peacemakers. Yet, the ways of this world with their anger, violence, and destructive bent will not prevail. Their accusatory words will be lost in the purifying flames of Christ’s truth, and their fear inspired aggression will be quenched by the healing waters of God’s love and grace that pour forth from His true disciples in response to those who oppose them. At the end of the day and with certainty at the end of all days, Christ’s disciples will stand justified by Him for refusing to give in to the world and to its Hellish tactics as Jesus Christ stands victorious over all.

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