In this audio talk, Ed Welch asks how can the church be a place where angry people are welcome to be honest and to speak? How does the body of Christ work to help those with anger issues in the same way as they do those with other life-dominating issues (like sexual sin, addiction, etc.)? How do we respond to angry people? How does our theology of anger shape what we actually say?
Welch offers several insights on approaching an angry person: 1.) The angry person is the last to know that he/she is angry – sin tends to blind us to our real problem; 2.) Consider what is the anger saying? – be alert to anger’s many faces; and 3.) Ask: Do you want to change? – How can Jesus Christ be kept in view? – Anger allows us to see the allegiance-nature of life. Welch concludes that the Kingdom of God is one where we find strength in weakness and exaltation in humility (cf. John 13, Philippians 2).
Key Scriptures: Luke 18:9-14; Jonah 4; Isaiah 55, 53; 2 Chronicles 20; John 13; Philippians 2