And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Matthew 21:12-13 (KJV)
Several years ago I heard a preacher say, “You can tell the character of a man by what makes him angry”. I have never forgotten that statement, because I believe it to be true.
There are some who find anger to be a bad thing, a bad emotion, or bad emotional response to an event of one kind or another.
I do agree that anger over some trivial matters, such as who wins a ball game, chess game, checker game, etc., or someone cutting you off on the street while you are in a rush to get home, or to work; are matters where anger should be checked and deserted.
By the Scripture text above we see that even Jesus was angry. He was angry over the way His temple was being molested by religious leaders, and money venders making profits off the people’s religious obligations. For the verse Jesus was quoting see Isaiah 56:7. In the last part of that verse the LORD says, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” It had been closed off to all nations. Jesus drove these people out with a whip; overturning tables, and money, and other items going all over the ground.
Does it make you angry when politicians use children to get a vote, but are the very ones who promote the killing of the unborn child? It does me. It angers me too when I see a drunk driver on the road, and ends up killing someone; or himself or herself.
Paul the apostle wrote, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26. There is nothing wrong with anger when we see a wrong being done, but it must not fester until it becomes hatred, and sin.