Saturday, 31 January 2015
I used to travel in fairly fundamentalist Protestant circles and came across a lot of angry Christians. They seemed to be angry all the time. They were angry with the Catholic church, angry with ecumenicism, angry with Islam, angry with liberalism, angry with modern Bible versions, angry about modern worship styles and angry about the charismatic movement. They were angry with the media, angry with the government. They were angry about the European Union and usually angry about immigration. They were angry about homosexuality and angry about the way young women dress. If they were Calvinists, they were angry with Arminians and Dispensationalists, if they were Dispensationalists, they were angry with Calvinists and Amillennialists. They seemed to be angry with everything in the modern world.
Now I have moved to Roman Catholicism, I still seem too encounter angry Christians. These Catholics are angry with the Novus Ordo, angry with liberal Catholics, angry about altar girls and angry about guitars. Just like their Protestant counterparts they are angry about homosexuality, angry with Islam, angry about the way young women dress, angry with the government and angry with the media. I don't know why, but some of them are angry with the European Union and angry about immigration too. Most of all, they are angry with Pope Francis, Walter Kasper and the rest of their crew.
Plenty of Eastern Orthodox seem to be angry too. Their anger seems to be directed most often towards Islam and western society in general. They also get angry with Protestants, angry with the Catholic church and angry with Orthodox from jurisdictions other than their own.
I get really frustrated by these angry Christians and I worry about their spiritual condition. In all that anger, where is the joy of knowing Christ? Where is the peace and faith that God is working out His purposes? Where is the hope of Christ's coming? Sometimes it is right to be angry, but let's not let anger keep us from the joy of being in Christ.