I’m amazed the human race has survived. We get angry really easily. Most of the time we get angry over things that don’t matter on the other side of eternity.
Have you seen the video of the parking lot brawl that ended in a demolition derby? It’s crazy! The video is below, but it’s not for the light of heart.
There is something inside all humans that wants to fight. We are drawn to drama.
We are far more fragile than we want to let on.
Anger can also be a substitute emotion. Sometimes people make themselves angry so that they don’t have to feel pain. People change their feelings of pain into anger because it feels better to be angry than it does to be in pain. This changing of pain into anger may be done consciously or unconsciously.
Anger is an emotion, but what we do with that anger is a choice; however, there are consequences when we choose poorly.
The problem is not that we are angry. The problem is that we are angry at things that don’t make a difference.
We are in pain and it’s easier to be angry than it is to deal with what’s really going on in our broken hearts.
One of my favorite episodes from the Walking Dead involves a pacifist named, Eastman. He is trying to help a character named Morgan come back to his humanity. Morgan has been taking lives and doesn’t believe any life matters. The following line is one that goes through my brain often.
“We’re not built to kill. We don’t have claws fangs or armor. Vets, they came back with PTSD, that didn’t happen because we’re comfortable with killing. We’re not. We can’t be. We feel. We’re connected. You know, I’ve interviewed over 825 people who’ve done terrible things. I’ve only met one evil person. Some of them were born with bad brains. Some of them got sick along the way. The rest were just damaged people. Traumatized themselves like you, but they could heal. Some more, some less, but they can. We all can. I know it. It’s all a circle and everything gets a return.”
We are traumatized. Life is hard and most of us don’t know how to heal from our wounds. But the truth is we can heal.
You were made to fight, but you and I must learn to fight for things that truly matter. We don’t have claws, fangs, or armor.
If you are angry at things that don’t matter on this side of eternity you have to check your soul to find out what is really going on. The solution is not to get rid of anger. The solution is to heal so you can get angry about things that really matter.
We fight selfish fights about things don’t matter. The truth is, for the Christian, the only things worth fighting for are loving Jesus, and loving people.
The song, “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight” by Switchfoot is ringing in my mind as I write this.
We are broken, fragile, hurting souls. But God didn’t leave us alone. He is in the business of healing broken souls. Though Jesus any broken soul can come back. He heals, comforts, and forgives. In the grace of Jesus may we find healing for our souls. May we know that our fight isn’t against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual dark forces of this world. May we fight for love.