Pastor's Corner

8 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

What makes you mad?  Everyone gets angry, right?  Do you consider yourself an angry person?  Do you know someone who seems to be angry all the time? I think I know why we know so many angry people! Nashville is the 11th angriest city in the US!  Now that should make you mad! “What!?!? They don’t know me! Who says we are angry!” Online magazine Thrillist says so! Who are they anyway?  Right?  Thrillist recently compiled a list of the angriest cities in America. They used things such as a city’s attitude towards traffic, sports, tourism food, other people from their city, and other situations.

Thrillist says, “Our evaluation of a city’s anger doesn’t come from the deep well of extremely serious issues every city struggles with.” 

The first thing noted about Nashville is the rise of bachelor and bachelorette parties, pointing out how the city’s increasing food and drink profile combined with its central location have contributed. What? That makes us angry?  They then mention the outside attention that shows like “Nashville” and “The Voice” has put on the city.  The site goes on to say that the pressure of these things is turning Nashville into a really mad place.  They point out: “‘The Athens of the South’ is turning into ‘Los Angeles, but specifically for country music and stuff. If you were a local, wouldn’t you be angry if you suddenly had to deal with all of these people? At least Marcus Mariota might be good? (Spoiler alert: he isn’t.)”

How dare they mention Mariota’s name in vain!  Haters!  Jealous much? Oohhhh, that makes me so mad! Wait, I’m a Cowboys fan! What do I have to be mad about, right?  Well, maybe these folks are on to something! Maybe the reason I’m mad is because these folks, who don’t even know us, ranked us #11 on their list.  Why is it that we get so offended when someone says something negative about us or something we love?  Protective, maybe? Righteous defensiveness, sure!  But we have to consider the source.  Why are people so emotional about the presidential race right now? And how do these people have so much time on their hands that they can stand out and protest every Donald Trump rally?  Do they not have jobs to go to?  Oh, wait.  Right… 

Proverbs 14:17 tells us that a quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.  James explains it a little further by saying: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20).

When we act in anger we only make a fool of ourselves.  More than that, when we become angry it actually reveals who we really are on the inside. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.  Think about that the next time you want to spout off to someone! 

Anger is a part of life, but don’t let it control or allow it to define you!

“In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.  Ephesians 4:26

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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