It is hard not to draw the conclusion that we live in a society that is characterized by constant anger and outrage. While it may not be unique to our current age, what is new is the way in which social media has provided a megaphone for expressing our anger, often to shame others into thinking and acting in ways we find acceptable. Of course, Christians are not immune either to feelings of anger (in so far as we are shaped by original sin) or the use of social media to express our outrage (in so far as we are shaped by our culture). But Christians are perhaps more susceptible to justifying their anger as a kind of “righteous anger,” which makes it, somehow, okay. In light of hearing the phrase “righteous anger” on more than one occasion, Dr. Gibbs decided to explore whether such a concept exists in the New Testament. Thus, he examines several passages that are often used as warrants for “righteous anger,” and concludes that the notion of “righteous anger” does not exist. It is a myth.
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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Matthew 5:21-26; Exodus 34:6-7; Genesis 45:5; Leviticus 10:16; Proverbs 20:2; Exodus 32:19; Psalm 139:21-22; Psalm 137:9; Genesis 4:5b-6; John 4:1-4; Proverbs 14:17; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:32; Proverbs 19:11; Proverbs 22:23-24; Psalm 37:7-11; Proverbs 6:34; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 16:14; Proverbs 19:19; Proverbs 27:4; Psalm 37:7-9; Mark 3:5; Kark 10:14; Matthew 23:13-36; John 2:13-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; Luke 4:28-29; Matthew 2:16; Matthew 21:15; Luke 6:11; Luke 13:14; Matthew 5:33; Matthew 7:54; Acts 4:2; Acts 19:28; Acts 26:11; Hebrews 11:27; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 12:12, 17;
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Gibbs, Jeffrey, "The Myth of “Righteous Anger” What the Bible says about Human Anger" (2018). Concordia Pages. 4.