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How to Go From Hulk to Holy with Proverbs

Something triggers in the mind. It's like a switch goes off and at that point you lose all control. You look down and your hands are...green?

Yeah something must have gone seriously wrong.

This is just your average day for Bruce Banner, better known as the Hulk. We all know this familiar scene and it sparks a weird connection of how we would love to share this same power when we are stuck in stop and go traffic. We love and celebrate the raw rage, raucous aggression, and the uncontrolled anger because we can relate to this feeling.

The Hulk doing what the Hulk does (and what we wish we could do...)

But is it right?

This past weekend Terrace Crawford took us on a therapeutic journey through Proverbs and how anger should be truly handled. He broke down the different types of anger into 4 easy to understand buckets, and what Proverbs' wisdom says how we should respond to each.

1. Sudden anger should be Controlled

If you thought the Hulk smash method of handling sudden anger was correct, Proverbs is here to fix that. Proverbs 14:17 tells us, "A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated." When we think of the green guy going crazy on the baddies, we want to believe it's controlled and focused on a target. But in his blind-filled rage, he often puts thousands of innocent citizens in danger. When we act foolishly in our rage, we not only can hurt those around us emotionally and physically, but can jeopardize our testimony.

2. Sinful anger should be Condemned

We enjoy being angry at people. Although some of us enjoy it more than others, we like to validate ourselves when someone wrongs us by making them pay with our emotions. The question is, are you mad at the person or the sin they have committed? When we target an individual and not the wrong they committed, we forget we have all fallen short of the Glory of God and are acting in sin Rom. 3:23. Our goal should be to reconcile that relationship, and what Proverbs 19:11 instructs us to do, "overlook an offense."

3. Stubborn anger should be Conquered

IFC, the cable network owned by AMC, released a list of the top 10 revenge movies we need to watch. Our culture loves a good revenge flick because we like to take matters into our own hands. As Christians, when we do not take heed of Romans 12:19, "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord" we are acting stubbornly and making a less than perfect situation even more so. Give it to God. We aren't smart enough to fix the situation on our own. As Proverbs 15:18 puts it lets try to be cool-tempered and stop the fight, not avenge ourselves. 

4. Sanctified anger should be Channeled

TC spoke about his experience of personally visiting and speaking with the church members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church who were victim to the dreadful shootings in Charleston, SC. His description of how the church members exuded joy from their faces and spoke words of hope, while bullet holes scarred their walls, embodies God's love and sovereignty.

Would we justify their anger. Yes. Would we understand their hate as humans. Yes. But what do they do?  One member of the church tells those around, “I would love to hate you but hate’s not in me. If I hate you I’m no better than you.” Days later the church met again and lifted their praises to God in wake of this act of terror.

The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, makes a snarky comment, or acts hateful towards you, should you Hulk out or show love like the members EAME Church? I think you know the best answer.

Please share a time when God delivered you from the traps of anger in the comments below.

Be sure to check out this past services sermon on anger and the rest of the Wisdumb sermons.   

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