Righteous anger!

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2 Peter 2:12 (Those who lead others astray) are like irrational animals, mere creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed. They slander what they do not understand, and when those creatures are destroyed, they also will be destroyed, 13 suffering the penalty for doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their dissipation while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!

What grabs me about this passage is the tone of it. Peter, one of Jesus’ original 12 disciples, comes across in the gospel accounts as a bit of a hot-head. He’s impetuous, quick to act and slow to think. I like him a lot, perhaps because I can be a bit like this myself.

The passage above has been cleaned up for public consumption, but I’m pretty sure the original rant by Peter was a bit more colorful – perhaps even with some salty language included. Yes, Peter is angry. One might even say he’s “pissed off”. He’s pissed because the people he cares for are under attack and he’s not going to stand for it.

The picture above is a painting of Jesus clearing the temple in Jerusalem of profiteers who gouged pilgrims looking to purchase animals for sacrifice. He doesn’t look very meek and mild does he? We generally teach Christians to be peaceful, slow to anger, as well we should. But sometimes some righteous anger is appropriate.

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