Can Christians Be Angry?

Bible Summary. God has given Christians a capacity and purpose for being angry. As Christians we have every right to take action against hypocrisy that clearly misrepresents God. Hypocrisy as it relates to God is a primary cause for Christians to get justifiably angry. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures in regard to Christian anger.

Jesus Drives Out the MoneyChangers from the Temple

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Christian Anger is a Non-Vengeful Reaction to Sin.

God has given Christians a capacity and purpose for being angry. God has every right to act in vengeance and to judge us for our sin. On the other hand, Christians must direct their anger in a non-vengeful manner. Mark 3:5 advises us how Jesus acted in non-vengeful anger against the Pharisees.

Mark 3:5, “And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”

Christian Anger Can Be Used to Take Action Against Hypocrisy.

As Christians we have every right to take action against hypocrisy that clearly misrepresents God. This anger is not to hurt people, but to correct a situation where the Word of God is clearly being misrepresented. If we take no action against hypocrisy, we are basically condoning the hypocrisy that can leads people away from the truth of God. Mark 11:15 advises us of how Jesus acted out in anger against the moneychangers in the temple.

Mark 11:15, “And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.”

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Christian Anger Can Be Used to Correct Religious Hypocrites.

Religious hypocrisy is a primary cause for Christians to get justifiably angry. If Christians do not address religious hypocrisy, this hypocrisy hurts Christians, the hypocrite, and prevents the true Gospel of Jesus Christ reaching non-Christians. Christian anger is how best to address religious hypocrisy. Christian anger has the power of God’s truth to spiritually and physically correct situations where the Word of God is being distorted and being misused. Galatians 2:11 advises us how Paul addressed Peter’s hypocrisy.

Galatians 2:11, “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.”