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I S YO U R A N G E R R I G H T E O U S O R SE L F -R I G H T E O US ? THE ANSWER IS IMPORT ANT IN OUR CURRENT AGE OF RAGE Anger seems to be all the rage now. Political pundits see seething masses behind the presidential campaign success of candidates in both parties. Each in his or her own way taps into frustration with the way people feel the world is organized against them, and/or with the direction of social mores, and/or inequality in economic outcomes — for the middle class especially. Feelings are rooted in facts that give rise to them. Change is the one constant in life, and the speed of change is hard to keep up with. Information travels in nanoseconds now. We are bombarded by news we don’t need along with news we need, and culling through the one BAPTIST to get to the other is a chore. PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH / 3933 Northwest Pky / pcbc.org Stories sensationalize the silly Worship & Bible Study 9:15 & 10:45 Traditional, Contemporary, Spanish Speaking / 214.860.1500 and banal. Long form pieces WILSHIRE BAPTIST / 4316 Abrams / 214.452.3100 provoking thought are rare. Pastor George A. Mason Ph.D. / Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Bible Study 9:40 am / www.wilshirebc.org Sources are increasingly dubious; hence emails are rife that spread DISCIPLES OF CHRIST half-truths and reinforce a culture EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 of complaint. Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am -Chapel 10:50 am -Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org Whether the subject is same-gender marriage or the right LUTHERAN bathroom for transgender persons FIRST UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH / 6202 E Mockingbird Lane Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am / Call for class schedule. to use, the question of whether 214.821.5929 / www.dallaslutheran.org black lives matter enough to shape respectful relationships METHODIST by or for law enforcement, or GRACE UMC / Diverse, Inclusive, Missional Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 am / Worship, 10:50 am equal pay for equal work for 4105 Junius St. / 214.824.2533 / graceumcdallas.org women, the social stasis is in flux. This produces, on the one NON-DENOMINATIONAL hand, anxiety in those who feel a GATEWAY CHURCH / we’re all about people 12123 Hillcrest Road, 75230 / 469.801.7250 / gatewaydallas.com loss of what they have known as Saturdays: 4:00 pm / Sundays: 9:00 & 10:45 am standards they could count on, and, on the other hand, boldness UNITY in those who see an opportunity UNITY OF DALLAS / A Positive Path for Spiritual Living 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 / 972.233.7106 / UnityDallas.org to move from the margins to the Sundays: 9:00 am Early Service, 11:00 am Celebration Service center. The shrinking middle class wants to be heard. Their grievance with the rich goes to their sense that the traditional rungs on the ladder of opportunity have been sawed off. Unions have been broken up; jobs have been offshored for cheap foreign labor. Higher education costs have exploded. At the same time, they believe those beneath them in the socio-economic strata receive benefits denied to them. They feel squeezed in both directions. The anger is real, but is it good? It can be. Anger can motivate action. It can mobilize people to seek change. It can also do more harm than good. “Be angry but do not sin,” the Bible says. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger.” I haven’t made many good decisions in the heat of anger, have you? I regret most of what I said or did in fits of rage. Anger should give us pause before it drives our behavior. It should alert us to what’s wrong, but then enlist our spiritual reason to address how to right the wrong. Frederick Buechner puts it pithily: “Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back — in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. “The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” As the summer temperature rises in all sorts of ways, we would do well to cool down with more than lemonade. Raw emotion needs the partnership of considered thought to bring about a beloved community where everyone feels at home and no one lacks hope. WORSHIP George Mason is pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church. The Worship section is underwritten by Advocate Publishing and the neighborhood businesses and churches list-ed here. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Worship Listings

WORSHIP

BAPTIST

PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH / 3933 Northwest Pky / pcbc.org Worship & Bible Study 9:15 & 10:45 Traditional, Contemporary, Spanish Speaking / 214.860.1500

WILSHIRE BAPTIST / 4316 Abrams / 214.452.3100 Pastor George A. Mason Ph.D. / Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Bible Study 9:40 am / www.wilshirebc.org

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am - Chapel 10:50 am - Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org

LUTHERAN

FIRST UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH / 6202 E Mockingbird Lane Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am / Call for class schedule. 214. 821.5929 / www.dallaslutheran.org

METHODIST

GRACE UMC / Diverse, Inclusive, Missional Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 am / Worship, 10:50 am 4105 Junius St. / 214.824.2533 / graceumcdallas.org

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

GATEWAY CHURCH / we’re all about people 12123 Hillcrest Road, 75230 / 469.801.7250 / gatewaydallas.com Saturdays: 4:00 pm / Sundays: 9:00 & 10:45 am

UNITY

UNITY OF DALLAS / A Positive Path for Spiritual Living 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 / 972.233.7106 / UnityDallas.org Sundays: 9:00 am Early Service, 11:00 am Celebration Service

IS YOUR ANGER RIGHTEOUS OR SELF-RIGHTEOUS?

THE ANSWER IS IMPORTANT I N OUR CURRENT AGE OF RAGE

Anger seems to be all the rage now.

Political pundits see seething masses behind the presidential campaign success of candidates in both parties. Each in his or her own way taps into frustration with the way people feel the world is organized against them, and/or with the direction of social mores, and/or inequality in economic outcomes — for the middle class especially.

Feelings are rooted in facts that give rise to them. Change is the one constant in life, and the speed of change is hard to keep up with. Information travels in nanoseconds now. We are bombarded by news we don’t need along with news we need, and culling through the one to get to the other is a chore. Stories sensationalize the silly and banal. Long form pieces provoking thought are rare. Sources are increasingly dubious; hence emails are rife that spread half-truths and reinforce a culture of complaint.

Whether the subject is samegender marriage or the right bathroom for transgender persons to use, the question of whether black lives matter enough to shape respectful relationships by or for law enforcement, or equal pay for equal work for women, the social stasis is in flux. This produces, on the one hand, anxiety in those who feel a loss of what they have known as standards they could count on, and, on the other hand, boldness in those who see an opportunity to move from the margins to the center.

The shrinking middle class wants to be heard. Their grievance with the rich goes to their sense that the traditional rungs on the ladder of opportunity have been sawed off. Unions have been broken up; jobs have been offshored for cheap foreign labor. Higher education costs have exploded. At the same time, they believe those beneath them in the socio-economic strata receive benefits denied to them. They feel squeezed in both directions.

The anger is real, but is it good? It can be. Anger can motivate action. It can mobilize people to seek change.

It can also do more harm than good.

“Be angry but do not sin,” the Bible says. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger.”

I haven’t made many good decisions in the heat of anger, have you? I regret most of what I said or did in fits of rage. Anger should give us pause before it drives our behavior. It should alert us to what’s wrong, but then enlist our spiritual reason to address how to right the wrong.

Frederick Buechner puts it pithily: “Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back — in many ways it is a feast fit for a king.

“The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” As the summer temperature rises in all sorts of ways, we would do well to cool down with more than lemonade.

Raw emotion needs the partnership of considered thought to bring about a beloved community where everyone feels at home and no one lacks hope.

George Mason is pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church. The Worship section is underwritten by Advocate Publishing and the neighborhood businesses and churches listed here. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214. 560.4202

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