The Civil Writer Magazine

Throughout the Bible anger is shown whether by God or the prophets. Ezekiel 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. Jesus also became angry on two occasion when he ran the people out of the temple and Jesus also cursed the fig tree from producing figs that was out of season. Mark 11:14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. Whether it's God, Jew or gentile, saint or sinner anger is a part of life. There were a number of occasions where a disciple of nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King expressed and showed physical anger with close friends and staff members. King's close companion, Ralph Abernathy, wrote that on the day he was assassinated, King argued with a female friend, lost his temper, and knocked her across a hotel room bed. "It was more of a shove than a real blow, but for a short man, Martin had a prodigious strength that always surprised me," Abernathy wrote in his autobiography, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down. "She leapt up to fight back, and for a moment they were engaged in a full- blown fight, with Martin clearly winning. Then it was all over." Now Dr. Martin Luther King wasn't a saint but his anger was no different than what Jesus showed. Most individuals thinks anger is not Christian-like but didn't Jesus get angry. Anger is simply a disagreement, annoyance, displeasure, or hostility whether with a person, place or thing. However it's how anger is handled reveals the person's character. We carry a heavy burden trying to maintain serenity, calmness, and composure. Even a toddler at 2 years old expresses anger so it is a mechanism from birth. Even the passive Monks typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience gets angry. Seeing how Jesus and Monks express anger tells us that the harm in anger comes to us emotionally and physically in forms of sicknesses when we suppress it rather than express it.