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[206] Anger

Trump-loathing, road rage, stand-in-line arguments… People are angry today, seemingly like never before. Television news programs occasionally do features on public displays of anger.

Why so much?

Here are two reasons. From a social psychological standpoint, despite the pervasiveness of social media aimed at celebrating individuality, people are increasing aware of how little control they have of their lives. Terrorist attacks, sudden economic downturns, and the conglomerating of businesses and corporations are just a few examples of how easy it is to become a victim through no action of one’s own. When we run into a problem there is rarely a genuine decision-maker to whom we can turn for resolution. There is no local bank president who can straighten out that error. When we want to call a company about a problem, we either get a recorded message, or worse, discover the institution only accepts email.

We may have a social media presence, but not much in the face of the social forces with which we are confronted.

But there is a larger spiritual reason. We live in a faithless, secular culture. We are reinforced with the secular notion that life’s only meaning is what we give to it. There is no truth, and maybe more important, all we have for sure is now—our three scored and ten—and that 70-year span is running out a day at a time.

An angry culture is not an accident. Neither is an angry home, and I know of many of these—among professing Christians. The call to faith for all Christians—from parents to members of the academic community–to seek humility and grace has never been louder. DC

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