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Son Of Man
by Bro. Clifford Hurst
1101 North Union Road
Dayton, Ohio 45417
You may insist you never experience road rage but, if so, I suspect you haven't yet begun to drive, are super-phlegmatic, or have nothing much to do or nowhere really to go. I think road rage, as all anger, is pretty much part of the warp and woof of our fallen humanity. I began this article contending rage's universality so that you might not be too hard on my admission of it. This past week I was in a rush to make visitations at two different hospitals with the necessity of making it to the last one at a set time. At the first hospital before I even got to the parking garage I found myself behind a lady intent on talking to her passengers rather than driving. She was driving 3 mph or less Once in the garage, though it seemed impossible, she slowed even more. There were no parking spaces available on the first levels. I was forced to follow her. Being in a hurry, I felt that anger slowly beginning to percolate from somewhere deep within. "Can't she tell that someone is behind her? Doesn't she care that she is holding someone up." You know that feeling. You are hurling down the road at the 55 mph limit and someone turns and pulls out in front of you forcing you to lock up the brakes; and, then, the infringer never accelerates past 35 mph. That feeling. Perhaps, in your sanctification you are past ever experiencing it. I'm not. Later, listening to a talk radio host discuss the presidential orders, Supreme Court decisions, and current political candidates' propagation and support of perversion and sin under the guise of equality, I began to feel the same type of anger I did when the slow pokey driver had impeded my driving. Were the experiences of anger related? I think so. We could take a lot of time to discuss the exceptions, and we could attempt to justify some anger by calling it righteous anger, but I still believe this about most anger: My anger is my frustration of not getting my own way, of having something interfere with me, my way, my thoughts, my schedule, my work, etc. My anger rises from what is done to me. I use the same arguments as others that my disgust and anger I feel about things like the transgender bathroom use is a righteous wrath against the unrighteousness and encroaching darkness. And I would like to believe that is all it is. Yet, I still suspect that political rage is a close cousin to road rage and most other anger. MY country is being altered and ruined. MY beliefs are being maligned, MY freedoms are being trampled, MY political convictions are being marginalized. MY candidate is being beaten. I could justify my anger by calling up the example of Moses who was hot with anger when he saw the people dancing before the golden calf. But, I cannot leave it there because Moses' anger soon was replaced by his earnest intercession to God that He would not destroy those same people. Jeremiah had been sorely persecuted for his chastisement of the people for their sins. Yet, Jeremiah shed many tears for the same people. Back to Moses and the golden calf. It could be pointed out that anger is ok since of the same incident it is noted that God was angry with the people. Perhaps I could use God's anger to justify mine. But, rarely is my anger a pure anger as is God's. Most human anger is truly of the nature I wrote of above. Beyond that, I keep being reminded of what James told us. "The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." Simply to feel rage at the unrighteousness will change nothing. Anger will never change unrighteousness into righteousness. Intercession can. Weeping can. Not anger. If I am truly concerned about my country, I will intercede, I will weep; I will not simply rage. If you feel a little anger over what I have written, intercede. Weep. Don't rage.