Anger

There seems to be a lot of it going around, almost like a virus and everyone seems to be getting a touch of it. I've noticed lately that I've been getting angry a little easier about some things. Anger is a feeling or emotional that can be as innocent as an irritation or it can be expressed as, "rage". Is it okay for a religious person to get angry?

The Bible says that God got angry but St. Paul warns us not to let the sun go down on our anger. It has also been said that anger is a two edged sword, and the person holding the anger is getting hurt the most.

I think it's appropriate to be angry when there is a moral or social wrong, it's appropriate to have feelings of anger when we have been attacked. In the Bible, social injustice and our inhumanity towards each other usually made God angry. But the other side of the sword is that these feelings of anger can damage us and those closest to us. This happiness when the anger becomes more about us than the issue.

The process seems to be: we get angry about something, but then we get angry because people disagree with us or we can't get more people to agree with us. The focus of our anger is more on ourselves than than the issue- and we're the ones left wounded.

I think there is a time to be angry and a time to let the anger go. Sometimes our anger will be joined by the anger of others but sometimes we stand alone- and then there's a time to let it go.