Mar 06, 2009
I believe that through the use of peer pressure, political correctness and unbalanced teachings concerning love and godliness; American Christianity has disengaged the power cord to the greatest enemy of religious tyranny. This enemy requires two forces to be at work simultaneously in order for it to spring to life and fight. When one cable is purposefully severed, this would-be enemy of spiritual enslavement becomes a paralyzed hero.
For many years while serving in the institutional church, I watched in amazement as certain spiritual ideals were air-brushed onto a canvas of lies and paraded before the people in an effort to fool their spirits into receiving a perspective of godliness that would ultimately render them emotionally and spiritually anemic, incapable of defending themselves from spiritual take-over. I do not believe that this happened by accident.
The first power cord to this hero within each of us is LOVE. The second cord, the one that has been severed, is ANGER. The enemy and the spirit of institutionalism know that if the two were ever connected; the results would be catastrophic. Because of this, a campaign against ANGER was launched in the Christian religion hundreds of years ago. From the moment a person becomes a Christian, they are taught that any form of ANGER is unspiritual, wicked, immature, rebellious, dangerous and an overall sign of spiritual weakness.
We've been trained like spiritual hound dogs to sniff out any signs of it in our lives or the lives of others and strangle it immediately. We've even been programmed to automatically shut down the ears of our hearts to anyone with whom ANGER has been detected. This anger management crusade has been so brilliantly executed by the enemy that if there is a mere hint of it in vocal tones, mannerisms or word phrasing; Christians instantly click to "off." The moment a Christian uses the words, "He's ANGRY" or "He's bitter," they have both permissioned and obligated themselves to close their heart.
Verses that say "Love is not easily angered" are grossly taken out of context in an effort to convince an entire generation that this means more than just getting angry at a person you love. It's used as a call to never allow anger over anything or on behalf of anyone.
Almost 90% of the Christian people I speak with preface everything they say with silly disclaimers such as, "I don't want to sound bitter," or "I don't want to be angry." ANGER has become the monster under the bed of most people I know. We're terrified of having any of it in us for fear of what we might do. The stories we've heard, the warnings we've been given and the stereotypes that have been stamped on our brains have made us fearful of allowing ANGER into any part of our thinking.
I watch Christian leaders being interviewed and it's depressing. I can predict exactly how they'll talk and act even before I've ever laid eyes on them. Not an ounce of anger in them because that's what today's version of "spiritual maturity" dictates. Their gentle and sweet voices drive me crazy because they ‘re playing a role that no normal person could ever live up to. They are character-acting and their character is one that the institution has chosen long before they were born. It's a character that can only exhibit good feelings and fluffy bunny sensations, but is useless to affect real change. No one recognizes that they have been bred for spinelessness. All the while it sickens me that no one stands up and demands that someone thinks with their heart!
I'm tired of acting like I'm not ANGRY so as not to offend anyone. How in the world can people not be ANGRY when their spiritual brothers and sisters are being purposefully starved and abused? How can we not be ANGRY at these things if we have love in our hearts? Replacing the emotion of anger with "sad" just doesn't cut it. "Sad" is helpless. It sits in a corner and cries. To not be angry at the sight of spiritual oppression, is to not have love.
When I wrote "The God's Honest Truth" I was motivated to do so by ANGER. It was an inspiration to me to change the world and set people free. I used to watch an hour of "Christian television" just before sitting down to write because it infuriated me to no end. I became energized and motivated in ways that I can't explain. My anger and rage was not because I was hurt by spiritual injustice and abuse, but because YOU were hurt by it. It was an anger that was on behalf of the hurting hearts of others. Only love can fuel that fire, but until anger is allowed to flow, the fire will cease to glow.
Anger is NOT a sin!
The Bible may warn us to be careful to NOT sin when we are angry, but it doesn't say that ANGER is a sin. Unfortunately, we have thrown the baby out with the bath water. We've decided to forbid ANGER altogether and I believe that because of this choice, we have screwed ourselves. We've raised a generation wimps who aren't capable of rescuing a house fly.
There will be no hero to spring to life and save us until we allow the blood to flow to all parts of our heart. Restricting the arteries of our hearts in order to avoid ANGER will only numb the entire body and render us incompetent. I am certain that this anti-anger campaign came straight from hell because when blood is pumped into that part of the Christian heart, there is a knight in shining armor in all of us that can spring forth and deliver the captives.
That hero is called "COURAGE." Courage is a mixture of LOVE and ANGER! Christians today do not have an ounce of courage because they've been genetically engineered by the institution to be devoid of ANGER. I do not believe that there will be any freedom for this generation of Christians until ANGER is once again allowed and embraced. Until people come to a point that they don't care about Christian peer pressure; nothing will change.
Every single Free Believer I've met, found their way out of the prison of religion through embracing anger. They do not live by anger and their anger does not control them, but they allow it to move them and compel them to stand up against injustice and tyranny. Love NEEDS anger in order for it to bloom into COURAGE. Without courage, nothing changes.
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