When did you last get angry?

‘I got angry yesterday, with South Eastern trains. Every time I travel on them these days it seems they arrive late, depart late, and often don’t end up where they are supposed to. Yesterday coming home from central London took over 3 hours. Due to the Extinction Rebellion protests roads were closed, the District Line wasn’t running and it was all chaos. I needed to get home for a specific time and it looked unlikely we’d get back’.

As humans it is in our nature to get angry about things, but does God get angry? It is an emotion that can be good, and bad?

There are a number of Bible verses that show to us that God does get angry. Nahum 1:3 tells us The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. It shows that anger can, at times, be justified.

Graham recalled a time when he got extremely angry with something unjust- last year whilst travelling in Serbia Alex called him to tell him that we’d been contacted by the tax authorities in Romania who said that, despite us having the certificate to say the organisation was tax exempt, we owed €25k. Not only that but they took this amount out of 3 accounts, totalling €75k, with no right to challenge this. He was so angry he wanted to get on the next plane out to Romania to chain himself to the railings of the tax office, having contacted everyone in the press to come along too As it happened the money was returned within a few days, but this was only because of contacts in high places. Other organisations weren’t so fortunate and never received the money back. It was a huge injustice which had angered him. Another thing that prompted anger was visiting Ioana’s grandmother in hospital, tied to a bed in lots of pain. The ‘right’ type of anger can be used for positive means.

Sometimes, though, it can be the wrong emotion and frustrations can boil over which is not ideal, but we need to remember ‘Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty’ (Proverbs 16:32).

So, God does get angry, towards injustice and wickedness.

In the world at the moment we see, just in the last week, injustice towards the Kurds which seems unbelievable and there is now a terrible situation in that region. God sees this situation and it is OK for us to get angry about this, but we have to be careful that it isn’t the wrong type of anger.

Graham is encouraged to see the new Patient Services Director in Bucharest, Andreea Serban and her efforts to work with the team to reach out to the most severe cases of patients. These are the people who have experienced the worst injustices of the Romanian health care system and now Hospice is stepping in and helping- an example of anger at injustice being used for good.