Outrage culture: How did Jesus model righteous rage?

www.christianpost.com | 10/22/2019 | Staff
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Outrage culture: How did Jesus model righteous rage?

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Outrage - Everyone - Side—and

Outrage. It’s everywhere, from everyone, every side—and it’s inescapable.

The extremism of our polarization has pushed us further into thought camps. People are only seeing and hearing from people who think exactly like them. Those who disagree get slammed—resulting in mile-long comment sections or even “unfollowing.”

Culture - Manifests - Nature - People - Reactions

Our “outrage culture” manifests in the vicious nature of people’s reactions to absolutely everything it seems. We see it in responses to current events, pop culture and even everyday people.

Christians are hardly innocent in the participation of outrage culture. It doesn’t take long to find aggressive commentary from people who share the same faith attacking an issue and even the people behind them.

Passion - Sentiment—hate

Some may call it passion, but there’s an underlying, familiar sentiment—hate.

The question is, how do we as Christians engage in controversial dialogue today? If we are to be in the world, but not of it—where do we draw the line between rage and hate?

Look - Passion - Love

What does righteous rage look like? How do we express passion without compromising love?

If we take a look at the Bible, we find the original, passionate political whistleblower—Jesus.

Jesus - Figure - Teachings - Government - People

Jesus as many of us know was a highly controversial figure. His teachings were so offensive the government and people conspired to kill Him for it.

One of the greatest examples of righteous rage displayed is Jesus entering the temple in Matthew 21:12-13.

Jesus - Temple - Courts - Tables - Money

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ He said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

In Jesus’ day, the temple—designated as a place of worship—was being corrupted and used for the personal...
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